WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- One in four young people have admitted to receiving sexts while one in seven have admitted to sending them, according to a study from JAMA Pediatrics.
The research for this study was conducted between January 1990 and June 2016. Over 110,000 young people participated and they were between the ages of 11 and 18.
Data since 2008 was the main focus in order to concentrate on the phenomenon of sexting, according to CNN.
Jeff Temple, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas, told CNN that it is not surprising to see this data because "as teens age, their interest in sexuality is heightened."
"As teens get older, we are going to see increasing numbers...who sext. Just as we see with actual sexual behavior," Temple said.
Children who participated in the study received their first smartphones on average at the age of 10.3 years old.
This study reveals that nonconsensual sexting has also become a trend. One in eight young people have been forwarded a sext without the consent of the sender or the receiver.