For the last two weeks we've been inundated with the Anthony Wiener scandal. For those of you who have been hiding under the rock for the last news cycle, Representative Wiener was caught sending lewd pictures of himself over the social media outlet TWITTER. Not only were the lewd pictures inappropriate, there are now allegations Rep. Wiener has sent other pictures to under age girls via his own Twitter account.
The scandal first broke and Wiener denied the incident promising he would get to the bottom of an alleged computer hack to his account. Never answering whether or not it was actually his picture, he seemed to be the victim of some sort of cyber crime.
After the weekend news cycle ran its course, we hear Rep. Weiner apologize to his family, his friends, and his country for making poor judgement decisions concerning his cyber life.
This all on the heels of finding out Gov. Schwarzenegger had an unknown child with his house keeper. I don't know if you're like me, but it seems every time I turn on the news, I'm being barraged with scandal after scandal. Doesn't it make you sick?
Well, I'm here to tell you, THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING!
My recent book, An Expose on Teen Sex and Dating describes the generation coming. If you think Schwarzenegger and Wiener are anomalies, you're poorly mistaken. We are turning into a generation sexually confused, and the internet is only making it worse.
Online porn site, chat rooms, and the addiction to cyber relationships are turning our country upside down. Even if you were able to forget the moral implications of this behavior, the dichotomous lives men are living in today's world are creating distant marriages, relational illiterates, and most of all turning our male population into secret prowlers.
These recent news events, although disturbing at the very least, aren't that far off to where our kids are living online. And instead of being someone that points to the sin and runs to the hills, we need to begin a process of helping men understand the dangers of online addictions.
A recent MSNBC article reports 1 in 3 older teens are receiving sexting messages. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE
Psychology Today released an article revealing more shocking statistics
Teens who say they have sent or posted a sexually revealing photo or video:
- 20% of all teens
- 22% of teen girls
- 18% of teen boys
Teens that have sent sexually suggestive messages:
- 39% of all teens
- 37% of teen girls
- 40% of teen boys
- 48% admit to receiving suggestive messages
The crazy idea is, we think Christians are immune from it.
For some reason we've got the notion that our youth group kids are steering clear from this behavior. WARNING!!!
The statistics of Christian kids who are engaging in devious online behavior is the SAME as kids who aren't going to church. This is a plague of our generation, and more people need to be talking about it, not to demonize others; but to spread the warning signs to our kids can make informed decisions about the consequences of their choices.
I believe the recent news coverage is only the beginning. Our next generation of leaders will be more and more entrenched in the spiral of online sex addictions unless we can start working toward a solution.
If you want to see what's going on and how to deal with it, pick up the new book, and hopefully you'll get a chance to see what's happening, and how to talk about it.