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Online sex pics common among Swedish teens

TT/Clara Guibourg · 20 May 2012, 11:38

Published: 20 May 2012 11:38 GMT+02:00

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22 percent of these teens had uploaded sexual pictures or videos of themselves because they were looking for comments on their looks.

“Acknowledgment and praise aren’t bad in themselves, but it’s not good to become addicted to it, doing anything to get attention,” Ingrid Gråberg, psychologist with extensive experience from child and youth psychiatry, told newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).

According to Gråberg, this addiction to acknowledgment of one’s looks explains why the survey showed girls were more likely than boys to pose sexually.

“Boys generally receive more attention for other things. Girls and boys are treated differently from the day they’re born, several studies have shown that,” Gråberg said.

A wavering self-confidence may be an explanation for why so many Swedish youths have chosen to pose sexually online.

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“Self-esteem plays a part. Obviously, no one answer will apply to all, but most have a desire to be popular, and that isn’t a new phenomenon,” Gråberg said.

The survey was conducted by research institute Ungdomsbarometern, and consisted of online interviews with 1009 Swedish youths between the ages of 15 and 24.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:51 May 20, 2012 by nolikegohome
amazing youth. im my day we did not have the means or the thought about such a thing. I think its quite unique, this age we are living in.
18:35 May 20, 2012 by philster61
Almost hard to believe the sexual revolution actually started in Sweden....
20:07 May 20, 2012 by dizzymoe33
It is a sad day when ones self-worth is reduced to posing naked or sexually in a picture to be sent out into the electronic World!! You can blame that on Society by how they stereo type what young men and women should look like!
22:24 May 20, 2012 by sgt_doom
As long as it's only one-fifth.

Now, this is newsworthy:

22:52 May 20, 2012 by chemo007
racism, child pornography, online sex etc......is this Sweden^?...wth
23:10 May 20, 2012 by update-2011
doom's day is coming.....that is why people are like animals.

Girls have self esteem. Do not expose your sacred body naked (for milions of people). Really...I do not see any popularity out of this action by the youngsters. Actually it reflects that youngsters are becoming more and more insecure in relationships..very SAD. Parents (specially Swedes),please advise your kids and encourage them to have self-esteem..
02:24 May 21, 2012 by VicTaulic
Well.....where are the pictures?
09:38 May 21, 2012 by zooeden
Yeah poor girls showing their sacred curves, lets all be muslims or opus dei so we can controll all this blasfemic acts of amazonian times!!! But first hand me the pics!!!
10:16 May 21, 2012 by HYBRED
There are many young girls that have fantasies of being a model. The wear heavy make-up and have professional-type Photoshoped pictures made. They assume fake exotic sounding names. They have ID's on Facebook and will upload photo's with their logo, even nude ones anyplace they can to gain popularity.
22:06 May 21, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Just look at "the weekends finest" and you`ll get the general idea.....
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