Based on the interviews conducted by Albury and Crawford, they discovered that sexting is commonly used in positive aspects.

According to Albury and Crawford, sexting was not only an activity occurring in the context of flirtation or sexual relationships, but also between friends, as a joke or during a moment of bonding.” Reportedly, hedonism played a role in motivating sexting, and the length of relationship was negatively correlated with sexting behaviors.

This suggests a consent issue of people receiving photos without asking for them.

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A widely cited 2011 study indicated the previously reported prevalence was exaggerated.

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire surveyed 1,560 children and caregivers, reporting that only 2.5 percent of respondents had sent, received or created sexual pictures distributed via cell phone in the previous year.

most media coverage fixates on negative aspects of adolescent usage.

While film cameras often required a dark room to process negatives, modern camera phones can record sexually explicit images and videos in privacy.

A 2009 study claims that 4 percent of teens ages 14–17 have claimed to have sent sexually explicit photos of themselves.

Fifteen percent of these teens also claimed to have received sexually explicit photos.

However, while technically accurate, the 2.5% figure is actually rather misleading.

As seen in Table 1 of their publication, Mitchell et al.

Sexting has been promoted further by several direct messaging applications that are available on smartphones.

The difference between using these applications and traditional texting is that content is transmitted over the Internet or a data plan, allowing anyone with Internet access to participate.

Those sending photos over Snapchat believe they will disappear without consequences so they feel more secure about sending them.