Annual Conference of the International Communication Association – Preconference Mobile Communication, Community and Locative Media location:Phoenix, USA date:23-24 May 2012
There is considerable concern about adolescents producing, consuming and distributing sexual materials via mobile phone communication. The purpose of this study was to examine key aspects of peer influence and the peer context in relation to two such practices: sexting and mobile porn use. The results revealed that 6 percent of Flemish teens (N = 1943) have ever sent a sext, while 9 percent of teens uses mobile porn. Teens who were more popular with the other sex and with a greater need for popularity were more likely to report both behaviors. Perceived peer pressure only predicted boys’ mobile porn use. Same-sex popularity was unrelated to boys’ sexting behavior and mobile porn use; for girls a negative relationship was found.