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Is exposure to sexuality on mass media related to sexual self-presenting on social media?

December 01, 2015

New Rochelle, NY, December 1, 2015--A new study found that watching sexual reality television stimulated adolescents aged 13-17 to produce and share sexual images of themselves on social media. Similarly, for both boys and girls, sexual self-presentation on social media led to more frequent watching of sexual reality TV. The full study results are reported in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available to download for free on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking (http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/cyber.2015.0197) website until January 1, 2016.

"The Relationship between Sexual Content on Mass Media and Social Media: A Longitudinal Study (http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/cyber.2015.0197)," Laura Vandenbosch, Johanna van Oosten, and Jochen Peter, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, also examined the relationship between exposure to Internet pornography and teens' social media content. The researchers found no relationship between exposure to pornographic online content and a tendency to distribute sexually suggestive images of themselves on social media for either adolescent girls or boys.

"Mental health professionals should assess adolescents' viewing patterns to help identify possible risk behavior," says Editor-in-Chief Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN, Interactive Media Institute, San Diego, California and Virtual Reality Medical Institute, Brussels, Belgium. "This can then be used as an entry point to prevention measures by teaching adolescents to be more judicious consumers of electronic media."
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About the Journal

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking (http://www.liebertpub.com/cyber) is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published monthly online with Open Access options and in print that explores the psychological and social issues surrounding the Internet and interactive technologies. Complete tables of contents and a sample issue may be viewed on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking (http://www.liebertpub.com/cyber) website.

About the Publisher

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers (http://www.liebertpub.com/) is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Games for Health Journal, Telemedicine and e-Health, and Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm's 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers (http://www.liebertpub.com/) website.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

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