Coconut Generation

The Next Generation of Asian Indians

Sexting – teen fad creating legal risks March 26, 2009

Filed under: Culture,Family,News,Youth — Sam George @ 6:27 pm

A new fad now among teens is taking naked pictures of themselves on cell phones and sending it to their friends. Now popularly called “sexting”, is getting very popular with teens everywhere. Texting which was generally popular among young people, now seems to have evolved into its next phase. See reports on sexting in NYT, AP, USTODAY and KXLY.

According to a recent study, 20% of teens aged 13 to 19 have taken nude or semi-nude pictures or videos of themselves and sent them to someone or posted them online. Most send these gifts to their boyfriend or girlfriend (69%) or someone they want to date or hook up with (30%).

Technology might have also aided this trend. Camera phones, large display screens, broadband internet access on phones etc. have helped to capture and mass distribute images. Youth culture promotes electronic sharing, which is evident from social networking, music sharing, video and personal images.

Instead of watching unknown porn stars, teens prefer to watch their own friends without clothes. Youths are getting more agressive and shedding more clothes to impress their peers. Though first time images are send to their boyfriends or girlfriends only, soon the exposures floats around among all their friends and over internet.

A youth leader in an Indian American church recently told me how he was surprised when browing through phone of one of his youth, he saw several naked images. The kid also confessed that images were of friends in school and church. Most kids getting caught up in this fad are clueless how it will impact them and their future.

But these kids are getting into big trouble. One in five teens may be a child pornographer risking life in prison–for the crime of taking and distributing naked pictures of themselves. Legal frameworks may be weak and loopholes are many. Annoymity of the Net and ease of circulating electronic files poses grave risk not only now, but also for years to come.

Imagine what happens when your future spouse and children come across your naked images. Images taken are being used to blackmail and take undue advantages including sexual favors. It is causing deep guilt of foolish action at the spur of the moment, causing depression and suicidal thoguts. This fad is sure to cause much heartache.


Divorce is bad for health March 5, 2009

Filed under: Culture,Family,health — Sam George @ 7:07 pm

More reserach findings are pouring in. Strained marriages take a toll on health. Emotional and relational health affects physical health. The latest one comes from University of Utah. See reports in US News, BBC, and WebMD.

The study found that the cardiovascular damage wrought by an unhappy marriage is greater for women than men. The women in the contentious relationships were more likely to develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and other markers of what’s known as ‘metabolic syndrome’ which is known to boost the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Several other studies have shown that both men and women live longer, happier, healthier and wealthier lives when they are married. Married people have both more and better sex than do their unmarried counterparts. Trouble in marriage is sure to affect not only your physical health, but every facet of your life.

So cherish and nurture your marriage, before it is too late. You reap its benefits for a lifetime!