Stay alert: Forecasting the risks of sexting in Korea using social big data

Juyoung Song, Tae Min Song, Jin Ree Lee

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Youth sexting, which is commonly defined as the intimate image sharing of persons under 18, is an emerging phenomenon that has garnered significant attention in South Korea and in particular, the South Korean government. Widely recognized for its potential to generate undue harm, the South Korean government has initiated a movement determined to block the participation of obscene content sharing between youths under the age of 18. While there may be different avenues to examine this phenomenon from, an approach notably absent from this list is the use of big data and data mining information produced via the dispersion of the Internet and social media. Using social big data, the study found that teenagers sexting in hopes of obtaining a higher volume of attention among friends; file sharing is more frequented than image distribution through sexting; and transactions without “adult pornography” and with “smishing” were the most influential in addressing the risks of sexting in South Korea. While big data and data mining do not make any inferences themselves, the benefits of analyzing social big data lies in its ability to incorporate a much larger volume of data and confirm the thoughts of a diverse range of participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-302
Number of pages9
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
StatePublished - Apr 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology(all)


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