When people think of "exploring sexuality," countless people associate the words with feelings of fear, shame, and guilt. Many people find their religious views cause the described feelings. For other..
When people think of "exploring sexuality," countless people associate the words with feelings of fear, shame, and guilt. Many people find their religious views cause the described feelings. For others, it may be the cultural messages received concerning sex that cause these feelings. Though we cannot change home and societal conditions, we can reform the one place adolescents can learn more about sex: sexual education. The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) and the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) are scientifically proven to increase safer sex and prevent unwanted pregnancy. Research suggests that these federally funded programs disregard teenagers' voices when determining their sexual health. To combat the problems in exploring sexuality, I explain my method of taking Qualitative Analysis of Bro and Hinge (applications) profiles, coding for thematic analysis (ex: relationships, hookups, kinks, and unsure). The aim is to see the differences between sexual expression in an online setting from the real world and find solutions to integrate sexual expression in real life. The data collection is still in progress. Future research steps include interviewing individuals to explain the before and aftereffects of venturing into sexuality and the views that loved ones have for an individuals' sexual proclivities. Keywords: sexuality, sexual education, sexual health, expression, freedom