Researchers at the university found that one in ten 16 to 24-year-olds have used the internet to set up one-night stands with strangers.
Half of those surveyed have carried out explicit sexual behaviour over a webcam, while 40 per cent of 11 to 18-year-olds questioned admitted knowing friends who engage in ‘sexting’ — sending explicit messages or photos between mobile phones.
Police warned that such incidents were a growing national problem.
Indeed, a recent study by the University of Plymouth found that there is a generation of young women whose attitude to sex is being corrupted through new technology.
For a girl with little self-belief it was an easy way to boost her confidence and, with her limited relationship experience, she mistook prurient sexual interest for love.
‘I’d come home from school, log on to the internet and my online boyfriends would ask how I was,’ she explained.
As part of their virtual courtship, Stuart — who claimed to be 24 — lavished her with compliments and asked her to send increasingly provocative photos of herself. Becky says: ‘We’d been chatting for a few months and sent sexual messages to each other a few times so, although it seems so stupid now, real sex seemed like the obvious next step.
Becky, who lives near Exeter with her widowed mother, a childminder, says: ‘We’d check into cheap hotels, or they’d drive me somewhere and we’d have sex in the car.
The back of the Girls Gone Wild bus was at full capacity with a cornucopia of hot chicks.
These eager beavers got cosy on the bed and after a sexy countdown they simultaneously flashed their boobs.
The men were always in charge, they’d obviously been watching a lot of porn and would ask me to replicate things they’d seen in videos.
But Becky is now choosing to speak out because, when she eventually told her friends about the mistakes she had made, it transpired that she was far from the only one who had become involved with strangers over the internet.