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Sexting study: Los Angeles kids who sext are seven times more likely to have sex

TEXTING 2009

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A cellphone user texts on a Samsung phone.

OMG, hold the phone.

A new study published in the October issue of "Pediatrics" magazine has concluded that the practice of children texting sexually explicit words and/or pictures (aka "sexting") can be linked to actual teen sex. Likewise, those kids whose friends sext are more likely to sext themselves.

One of the researchers, Dr. Eric Rice from USC's School of Social Work, told KPCC Monday that his team spent two years on the study. Dr. Rice noted that the study does not conclude that the virtual shenanigans leads to physical activity, merely that sexting and real sex went hand-in-hand.

"Of teens who said they sext, 78 percent of them said they were sexually active. Among those who don't sext, only 38 percent say they were sexually active," Rice said, explaining how they concluded that kids who sext are seven times more likely to have sex. Simply put, Rice added, "if you sext, your friends also sext. And if you sext you are also probably sexually active."

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4 convicted of conspiracy in LA killing over text

TEXTING 2009

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Three men and a woman in Los Angeles have been convicted of conspiring in the 2009 killing of a teenager who was shot in the head hours after sending an insulting text message about the woman.

A jury deliberated for two days before finding Zareh Manjikian and Vahagn Jurian guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy. Free on bail during trial, the men were immediately taken into custody and are scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 29.

Two co-defendants, Hovik Dzhuryan and Kat Vardanian, who are brother and sister, were convicted of conspiracy.

Prosecutors say the four conspired to kill Gombert "Mike" Yepremyan after he sent an insulting text to his girlfriend about Vardanian, who saw the message and asked her brother to defend her honor.

 

 

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