The Sexting Phenomenon in Spanish Nursing Students

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Abstract

One of the adverse effects arising among young people who engage in various social practices is the phenomenon of sexting. Sexting involves the production and delivery of sexual content voluntarily and freely and, in many cases, without the consent of the recipient. The aim of this study was to describe the presence of sexting in undergraduate students at the College of Nursing of the University of Almeria in Spain. It is a descriptive cross-sectional quantitative study. A total of 105 undergraduate nursing students completed the sexuality and technology questionnaire. The questionnaire consists of seven dimensions with 59 items. Depending on size, statistically significant differences between the use of social networks and the dimension “sexting actions completed” and the dimension “position on statements about sexting” were found. No statistically significant differences between gender and the practice of sexting were found. The three main reasons for sexting match in both genders, these being “to draw attention,” “as a sexy gift,” and “to feel sexy.” Nursing students associated behaviors to show sexting, being a standard practice, common in both genders. Future research should consider the possible influence of this behavior on future professionals and on the field of nursing.

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