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From another survey regarding technological and social changes, 40% of respondents said that more people getting tattoos has been a change for the worse, 45% of respondents said that it has made no difference, and only 7% said this has been a change for the better.
As might be expected, older Americans are far more likely to negatively view this trend; 64% of those 65 years and older and 51% of those 50 to 64 years of age said more people getting tattoos has been a change for the worse.
Although interest in body modification has increased recently, history teaches us that body modifications are not new.
Archeologists have found evidence of tattoos, piercings, and scarification as far back as 2000 BC, when they were largely used as a form of art or to identify group membership, such as a religious group or tribe.
Previous reports on those who obtain tattoos, piercings, and scarification have focused mainly on high-risk populations, including at-risk adolescents.
Tattooing and piercing of various body parts no longer is a high-risk–population phenomenon, as evidenced by growing numbers of adults and adolescents not considered at risk who have tattoos and multiple ear and body piercings.
Body modification will be contrasted with nonsuicidal self-injury.
Surveys of the US population have shown an increase in the prevalence of tattoos over time.
Among those with a tattoo, most (86%) have never regretted getting one, and 30% said it makes them feel sexier.
Individuals who hurt themselves report injuries to many different body parts.
Importantly, NSSI is clinically concerning because of an association with mental health disorders, whereas body modification such as tattooing, piercing, and/or scarification does not have these associations and is more socially acceptable.