Friday, May 31, 2013

How Does Internet Porn Affect Teens?

New Study Says: We Have No Idea!

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How has the ubiquity of online porn affected the sexual development of children and teens? The scientific consensus is: We have no idea.

A new comprehensive report from Middlesex University London (undertaken on behalf of England’s Children’s Commissioner) is titled “Basically … Porn Is Everywhere,” but clear insights into the effects of that material are nowhere to be found. Researchers sifted through hundreds of studies from around the world that have attempted to draw conclusions about young people’s relationships to online porn. Results were inconclusive. Most of these studies don’t agree on what pornography is. They don’t agree on what age “young people” are. They can’t confirm how often these young people (whoever they are) actually watch porn (whatever that is).

Despite widespread fear about the increasingly deranged version of human sexuality depicted by online porn, “it is unclear whether pornography is more extreme and violent today than in the past.” (For what it’s worth: One study found that while bestiality is easier to find online, depictions of rape are more a VHS and DVD thing.) And when it comes to pornography use among children and teens who then go on to engage in risky sexual behaviors or even become sex offenders, “causal relationships cannot be established.” In fact, the total lack of insight into the much-feared cause-and-effect relationship between porn use and sexual abuse caused the study’s authors to question whether it’s even “possible to conduct research into causality.” If not, they wrote, “perhaps it is time to ask different questions.”

For the rest of the story: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/05/31/internet_porn_study_the_affect_of_pornography_on_kids_and_teens_remains.html

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