Online sex pics common among Swedish teens

A fifth of Swedish youths have posted pictures of themselves posing sexually on the internet and out of these, 11 percent of girls did it because they felt forced to, a new survey shows.

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.

“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.

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Swedes ‘like it hot’: Erotic audiobooks all the rage

The number of Swedes listening to audiobooks has nearly doubled in just two years and a big part of the explosive growth is driven by an insatiable desire for erotic tales and romance novels.

Swedes 'like it hot': Erotic audiobooks all the rage
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Broadcaster SVT reported on Wednesday that 37 percent of the Swedish population listened to an audiobook last year, a marked increase over the 20 percent who did the same in 2016. 
While audiobook streaming services report that all categories of audiobooks have seen increased listenership, certain types of books are clearly leading the way. 
“Amongst the listening public, genres such as romance, ‘feel good’ novels and eroticism are growing. We are thus seeing increased demand [from listeners] as well as an increase in the number of publishers who are putting out these types of books,” Anna Riklund, the head of content curation at audiobook streaming service Bookbeat, told SVT. 
She said that the growing number of Swedes who want to listen to racy novels has led several publishers to launch imprints that focus exclusively on erotic literature. 
Audiobook streaming service Storytel also reported increased interest in erotic and romance novels, particularly among female listeners. Listener numbers peak around Valentine’s Day and during the hot summer months. 
Author Susanne Ahlenius, whose erotic novels include titles such as ‘Climax’ and ‘Lust 2.0’, said that the audiobook format is perfect for fans of the genre. 
“You don’t have to sit with a paperback that shows what you are reading. No one knows what you’re listening to,” she told SVT. 
Ahlenius said that her books are most successful when she “writes very explicitly and there is a lot of sex”. 
“People like it hot,” she said.