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Another survey of US teenagers has shown an unprecedented proportion are sending nudie pictures of themselves to each other.

The latest figures come from a poll organised by the Associated Press and MTV, which questioned around 1200 youths and semi-youths aged from 14 to 24. What they discovered, among other things, is that boys think naked pictures are "hot" while girls consider them "slutty".

We'll go out on a limb here and say that boys and girls feel much the same ways about thigh-high boots and micro-skirts - one boy's hot is another girl's slutty, but that's another issue. Young people do seem peculiarly blind to the long-term risks of naked photographs, though perhaps they should be admired for having such confidence in their own bodies.

About half of those surveyed thought the risks were overplayed - the rest were suitably wary, but did it anyway. Greater education about the risks doesn't seem to be the answer: it's almost as though young people aren't listening to the advice provided by their elders and betters.

Overall the survey found that ten per cent of those questioned had sent pictures of themselves naked, while 17 per cent had passed on such photographs without permission, though we don't know what proportion of those claimed it representative of their own assets. ®

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