C.J. Pascoe, an assistant professor at Colorado College, told the McClatchy-Tribune News Service she and her research assistant interviewed 80 youngsters as part of the three-year Digital Youth Report study. She said her look at what teens actually do online did not match a poll's claim that 20 percent of teens have sent sexy or nude pictures, a practice nicknamed sexting.
"No one brought it up,'' she said. "I had them go through their last 10 messages, their last 10 photos and I never saw it."
The 20 percent claim came from a poll by Teenage Research Unlimited for CosmoGirl! magazine and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
Pascoe said she believes teenagers are doing what they have always done -- at least since teen culture emerged in the 1950s.
"I think what makes adults nervous about new media is they have a window into a teenager's world for the first time," she said.