Social Networks Make Teen Girls Sexually Bolder : Teenage girls are more likely to use online networking to make sexual advances, a new survey commissioned by NIVEA VISAGE® YOUNG has revealed

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Teens are using social network communities (SNCs) to flirt, get dates and act more boldly than they would face to face, finds a survey sponsored by NIVEA VISAGE YOUNG and FYImag – Fun, Young and Independent, http://www.fyimag.co.uk, the interactive online magazine for young women aged between 16-19.

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On the positive side, teens are much better informed about sex and almost all research suggests access to good, non-judgemental information decreases the incidence of pregnancy and STIs. The negative is that some lack the maturity and judgement to deal with a lot of the information they're now exposed to.

There is a marked difference in the behaviour of 16 to 18 year-olds in their use of SNCs such as Bebo, Facebook and MySpace, compared to older ages, with 42% finding it easier to express themselves sexually online.

Conducted by YouGov, the survey of 2,000 girls aged 16 to 24 was carried out through NIVEA VISAGE YOUNG's FYImag. More survey results and a video of Tracey Cox answering questions are on the FYImag website at http://www.fyimag.co.uk/survey.

Sex and relationship expert, Tracey Cox, a regular contributor to FYImag, said that whilst it's not fair to say that 'poking' (sending an online signal to show you find someone attractive) makes people promiscuous, there certainly needs to be some policing.

The internet and SNCs have also made it easier for teenagers to share and find information about sex. 68% of 16 to18 year olds said it was less embarrassing to find out about sex online.

"This is a far cry from the traditional view of teenagers being awkward, shy and ill informed about sex. There's no doubt SNCs have had a dramatic impact on teenage sexuality and their access to information about sex " commented Ms Cox.

But there are worrying trends. One third of teenagers said they'd had sex at a party and think characters from the TV show Skins, who are sexually active and experiment with drugs, are a true reflection of teens today.

Ms Cox concluded: "On the positive side, teens are much better informed about sex and almost all research suggests access to good, non-judgemental information decreases the incidence of pregnancy and STIs. The negative is that some lack the maturity and judgement to deal with a lot of the information they're now exposed to."

PR issued by Strange, http://www.strangecorp.com who produce FYImag

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