Times What American Teenagers Are Learning Online About Porn

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Times What American Teenagers Are Learning Online About Porn

Whether it’s from a website, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, or any other social media platform, American teenagers are learning more about pornography today than they have in their entire lives.

A recent Pew Research Center study examined that claim and found the evidence is both overwhelming and, at times, stunning. The study’s “Porn for Teens” report found that 66 percent of teenagers ages 12 to 17 said they use the internet to obtain information about pornography, defined by the researchers as sites that offer porn for viewing. The report also found that teens are using social media to look up more information about porn, including to learn about child pornography and prostitution.

That is on top of the “Most Used Age to Purchase Online Porn” survey, which in 2014 found that “18% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 are purchasing or receiving online pornography.” Back then, people were under the assumption that all adults were buying and accessing pornography.

It has also been proven that teens are using the internet and social media to seek out porn and information about it.

In the report, another astounding fact was revealed — 64 percent of young women admitted to looking at online porn, compared to only 54 percent of boys. The researchers also noted that the number of girls looking at adult content increased from 62 percent in 2016 to 66 percent in 2017. In 2018, this number was 66 percent for girls and 56 percent for boys. The report also found that the rate of girls who find porn interesting rose from 45 percent in 2016 to 50 percent in 2017.

Although both research teams noted that this is just one survey, it speaks volumes about how far we have come in the use of the internet and social media for curiosity and discovery, especially as it relates to sexuality.

Not that long ago, many states and universities imposed severe penalties on young people who confessed to viewing sex acts, read about sex acts, or say things like, “Wow, they’re hot!”

As reported by USA Today, “65.8 percent of Americans believe youngsters are too young to view pornography, but 44.3 percent think it should be legal in schools. Overall, 43.5 percent of respondents to the Survey on Porn and Youth, sponsored by LexisNexis and conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic, thought it should be illegal, the highest proportion in three years of polling.”

Another study showed that once we are saturated with exposure to pornography, it actually changes the way we engage with sex.

A survey conducted by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Alabama looked at 280 adolescents in the program Sex Ed for Dummies and found that girls were impacted more by porn exposure than boys. According to the study, “Girls became more interested in sexuality and expressed more concern about sexuality, less concern about reproduction, were less sure of their healthy sexual thoughts, and felt less ready to feel a sexual desire than did boys.”

That is on top of a 2007 Princeton Study, which revealed that “women who had seen pornography most frequently were more likely to have had sex in college than were women who had seen it less frequently.”

However, not everyone agrees that porn is having such detrimental effects on society. There is actually “significant research evidence showing that watching online pornography has many beneficial effects.”

For example, in a Canadian study, teens “reported significantly greater success in schoolwork, better moods, less alcohol use, fewer sexual partners, lower odds of skipping class, decreased aggression, and more satisfaction with life.”

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