Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner, D.-N.Y., may have been the only person in the past week to gain national media attention for sending suggestive pictures of himself via social media, but his behavior follows a common pattern.
Though research exists into so-called “sexting” by teens, including a widely publicized study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in 2009, studies on the sexting and online flirtation habits of adults are much more sparse.
Some information does exist, albeit with widely varying estimates on how widespread the behavior is. Findings from Pew in October suggest 6% of adults have sent sexually explicit messages over the Internet.
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