by Jennifer Chung
We all remember Vanessa Hudgens’ scandal where nude photos of her were leaked from her cellphone. Who could forget seeing that fresh-faced Disney beaut standing awkwardly in her birthday suit in front of a skeezy room littered with tea lights? Oh, you didn’t it see it? Nevermind then. Well, it happened. It also happened to Cassie, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Trina, Eve, Rihanna, Ke$ha, and now the one we ALL knew was coming, Miley Cyrus.
And if you think it’s just a bunch of naïve girls being careless, think again. Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, Jamie Foxx, Kanye West, Ne-Yo, and a flurry of other silly male celebrities have all had their rude bits plastered over the Internet.
It’s becoming easier and easier to hack into mobile devices to access personal files, but more importantly, it’s becoming more and more desired. At the rate of how often we see nude photos of a young celebrity surfacing, it’s safe to assume that we all have (naked) skeletons in our closet.
This is a touchy subject, but it’s the elephant in the room that we simply have to discuss. Even the government has taken notice. For example, believe it or not, “sexting” has entered the glossary of the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. In their words:
“‘Sexting’ is the act of sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photos, or images via cell phone, computer, or other digital device. These messages, photos, and images are then often being further disseminated through email and internet-based social networking websites well beyond their original intended recipients. “
Check out the alarming results of a survey of a sample group of 1,280 teenagers and young adults between the ages of 13 and 26:
22% of teen girls (that’s 1 in 5 , with11% between the ages 13-16) and 18% of teen boys have electronically sent or posted nude or semi-nude images of themselves
33% of teen boys and 25% of teen girls say they have had nude or semi-nude images shared with them
Today, mobile devices companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in trying to figure out the fastest and easiest ways one can share media with others. This has made sending a risqué photo to your 14-year old boyfriend practically effortless. But keep in mind: the complete destruction of a digital file is much more difficult to accomplish than you think. Caches of your files can remain on your harddrives and cellphone memory cards. These files are easily attainable with simple software.
Take it from Miley Cyrus: the only nudes of yourself you should want to keep are the mental photos you take while standing in front of the mirror. Now, walk away.