New media use and sexual behavior among Latino adolescents

Am J Health Behav. 2013 May;37(3):422-30. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.37.3.15.


Objectives: To examine the relationship between SMS/social media use and sexual behavior among Latino adolescents.

Methods: Four hundred twenty-eight 9(th)- and 10(th)-grade Latino adolescents were recruited to participate in a survey. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were conducted to examine associations between new media use and sexual behaviors.

Results: There is a significant association between frequency of SMS/social media use and sexual behavior after controlling for age, gender, survey language, and nativity.

Conclusions: Latino adolescents using SMS and social media at higher frequencies are more likely to have ever had sex. Future research must continue to explore this relationship.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Hispanic Americans / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology*
  • Social Media*
  • Text Messaging