Have you ever sent a naked picture of yourself to the wrong person by mistake? Have you ever received one from someone who you didn’t know? What do you think should happen to someone who sends one to somebody without their consent? According to a study undertaken by Badgirlsbible.com 70 % of women believe those who share other nudes without consent should receive a jail sentence. The extensive study revealed what young people taught about the act of sending naked pictures to each other and what should happen to those that breach confidentiality. The study was based in the United States by badgirlsbible.com and revealed some very enlightening statistics. The surveys were undertaken by both males and females and people between the ages of 18-73 took part.

According to statistics, Americans send 53.1 million nudes a month and 1.8 million a day. That’s an astonishing 74,000 per hour and 20 per second with 18-24 year olds sending the most at 27 million per month. 22% of this demographic sent at least one nude last month. It’s part and parcel of relationships now and many happy young couples partake while it’s also common for early stage relationships. Overall, 4 in 10 American adults have sent nudes at some point in their lives. The majority of both men (54%) and women (60%) under the age of 30 have sent nudes at some point in their lives . Of the women that undertook the study 80 % said that the photo included their breasts, 37% said it included their genitals and 59% said it included their face.

When it comes to receiving nudes from strangers, women are four times more likely to receive pictures they don’t want. Obviously, sending  pictures of yourself to a random stranger is both weird and wrong but should those who do it face prosecution? No one wants to be in the middle of a friendly family argument in the WhatsApp group only to be disturbed by a graphic picture of somebody you don’t know. Statistics  show that 4 in 10 women and 6 in 10 men receive unexpected nudes that they were happy with but women were far more likely to receive ones they didn’t appreciate. In the wake of the Metoo movement, sexual harassment cases have been exposed and inappropriate behaviour towards women in a wide range of industries has been highlighted. The act of sending nudes is a relatively new thing and as a society we don’t really know how to deal with situations where privacy is breached.

Social media and dating websites have made it even easier for perpetrators of ‘flashing’ to obtain contact details of people and send images to them. There is a lot of debate about online surveillance and while we want to go about are business without prying eyes, it is also important that this level of freedom is not taken advantage of. Dating apps such as Tinder and eHarmony in particular have made it easier for people to send unsolicited nudes to strangers with Tinder hosting the most sending of nudes with 40% of people who use the app. A massive 37 % of people send nudes to someone before they meet in person while a nude lead to an in person date 29 % of the time. Essentially, this means that a large proportion of strangers possess nudes of someone they have never met in person. It would be naive to expect young people to go back to meeting at the local cinema for a date after bumping into each other in college. We live in a more materialistic world whether we like we like it or not. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be responsible when it comes to online behaviour. The act of catfishing is very much public knowledge yet these statistics suggest that we are still far too liberal when it comes to sending nudes.

Statistics also show that while people value nude photos of themselves, many would sell them for the right price, with the average price someone would sell for being $73.90. Women were far more likely to sell their photos with 17 % of females being willing to sell their nudes compared to 7% of men. There’s also no shortage of willing buyers with 18% of people saying they would be willing to purchase nudes from someone they knew or a celebrity. This time, men are statistically more likely to buy nudes than women with 30% of males willing compared to just 6% of women. In essence, the statistics provided by badgirls.com suggest that people are far more willing to attain or purchase nudes of other people than sell or release their own.  

Openly selling your nude is one thing but what if it was in the open without your knowledge or consent? Further statistics show that 1 in 10 people have taken a screenshot of a nude that was meant to be temporary with 23 % of men and 12 % of women admitting to the act. Nowadays, as we know, images sent or shared online can never really be erased and this opens the door for this sort of behaviour. It’s natural and understandable for people to be concerned about what happens to their pictures once they’ve sent them to others. Well, another thing the study showed was that over half of people keep the nude pictures of their former loved ones after they’ve broken up with 63 % of men keeping the images in their files compared to 39% of women. What makes these statistics slightly harrowing is that 68 % of men and 86 % of women expected their pictures to be deleted once they were broken up. However, expectations of what happens to ones own nudes haven’t prevented some from admitting that they kept those of others with 6 in 10 men guilty of this compared to 4 in 10 women. For some people, keeping a naked picture of yourself would be strange enough but what if you found out that they actually pleasured themselves to them? There was a clear distinction between what men and women’s reactions to finding out their partners still used their images for this act. Women were evidently more bothered by it with men being more sexually aroused (31%) and flattered (54%) than disgusted (5%). In comparison, 24 % of women were disgusted and 19% regretful while 36 % were flattered and just 11% sexually aroused.

These stats and statistics make for some quite surprising reading. So, in the big bad world of sending nudes what sort of punishment should be implemented for people who break the rules? Well, first up, 25 % of people think that a 5 year jail sentence is sufficient with 8 in 10 women saying that those who share nudes without permission should go to prison. The average fine that people think would be appropriate for sharing nudes without consent is $4,400 while 89% of women and 79% of men think some form of fine should be implemented for perpetrators.

Lastly, the study also looked at how people viewed nude related offences compared to those that would land someone on the sex offender registry. 40 % of women and 21 % of women think that people who are found guilty of sharing someone nudes online without their consent should be consigned to said registry while a greater proportion, 58% of women and 38% of men thought that ‘sext offender’ list should be set up to allow people to view the names of people who have committed such acts.

So, if the study didn’t make it clear enough, the internet can be a scary place and you obviously need to be careful when sharing an explicit images online. Also, delete your exe’s images and don’t be a creep. We’d like to thank badgirlsbible.com for the statistics – https://badgirlsbible.com/naked-ethics