Even though users believe their photos on Snapchat for example will go away in seconds, it is easy to save them through other photo capturing technology, third party applications, or simple screenshots.These applications claim no responsibility for explicit messages or photos that are saved.Those sending photos over Snapchat believe they will disappear without consequences so they feel more secure about sending them.There have been several cases where teens have sent photos over these applications, expecting them to disappear or be seen by the recipient only, yet are saved and distributed, carrying social and legal implications.Sexting is sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs, or images, primarily between mobile phones, of oneself to others.It may also include the use of a computer or any digital device.A 2009 study found that 4 percent of teenagers aged 14–17 claim to have sent sexually explicit photos of themselves.Fifteen percent of these teens also claimed to have received sexually explicit photos.
has received wide international media attention for calling into question the findings reported by the University of New Hampshire researchers.
This suggests a consent issue of people receiving photos without asking for them.
This is enhanced with Snapchat, as the person receiving snapchats will not be aware of the contents until they open it. In a 2011 study, 54% of the sample had sent explicit pictures or videos to their partners at least once, and ⅓ of their sample had engaged in such activities occasionally.
Unfortunately these applications carry the same risks and consequences that have always existed.