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Youths Who Watch Violent Porn More Sexually Aggressive

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A 2007 study from the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire examined youth exposure to Internet pornography. The researchers found that of the 1,500 young people between the ages of 10 and 17 questioned in the study, 42 percent had been exposed to pornography online.

That number is troubling enough to many people, but perhaps even more troubling is the fact that 66 percent of the youth in the survey reported that all of their pornography exposure had been unintentional and unwanted.

Wanted or unwanted, pornography exposure among young people is contributing to increasing rates of porn addiction among adolescents. Counselors and clinical social workers are reporting growing numbers of adolescents as young as 12 dealing with out-of-control pornography habits. Cases of even younger children dealing with this addiction are much less common, but not unheard of.

Developing Brains Are Vulnerable

The brains of adolescents may be more vulnerable to pornography addiction and other compulsive behaviors because they are still developing. The parts of the brain related to dopamine processes, sometimes called the “reward centers” of the brain, are among the last to develop. Dopamine plays a major role in the onset of addiction: activities or experiences that release large amounts of dopamine can cause the reward centers to become rewired so that they are dependent on these large amounts of dopamine.

Immature adolescent brains have more difficulty regulating their response to dopamine, and current research suggests that young people have more difficulty saying no to the cravings and behaviors that pornography inspires.

Violence In Pornography

Some researchers have equally strong concerns about the kind of pornography to which young people are increasingly likely to be exposed. In 2005, content analysis of the top pornography films of the year found that 88 percent of scenes in these films included some form of violent act. Ninety-four percent of the time, the violence was directed against women.

A 2011 study from the Center for Innovative Public Health Research (CiPHR) looked at connections between adolescents who watch violent porn and adolescents who exhibit sexually aggressive behavior. The results revealed that young people who reported intentionally watching violent pornography were nearly six times more likely to self-report sexually aggressive behavior than young people who reported watching non-violent pornography.

The results of the CiPHR study are not enough to demonstrate a cause-and-effect relationship between watching violent porn and sexually aggressive tendencies. It may be that adolescents who are already inclined toward sexual aggression are much more likely to seek out violent pornography.

Nevertheless, many people feel that violent pornographic material almost certainly has some kind of effect on impressionable young people, and worry that skewed perceptions of healthy sexual conduct are even more likely as viewers get younger and younger.

Sexual Activity Begins Younger

While watching non-violent porn does not seem to have a correlation with sexually aggressive behavior, it does correlate with sexual activity. A 2009 study published by SAGE found that 59 percent of 13- and 14-year-olds who viewed pornography engaged in oral sex, and 38 percent had sexual intercourse within the next two years. In contrast, 20 percent of the adolescents who did not view pornographic material had engaged in oral sex, and only 4 percent had sexual intercourse by the time they were 15 or 16.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that teenagers are more likely than adults to contract a sexually transmitted disease such as syphilis or HIV. An estimated 60 percent of teenagers use condoms when they have sex, and that number has remained more or less the same since the 1990s despite sex education efforts.

Adult Consequences Of Adolescent Porn Addiction

Adolescents who confront and recover from porn addiction may face further challenges down the road. Studies have found that individuals who begin to use drugs or alcohol before the age of 14 are six times more likely to develop an addiction later in life than individuals who do not experiment with drugs or alcohol until they are 18 or older. The drug-like impact of pornography on the brain may have a similar affect, and put adolescents at continued risk as they reach adulthood.

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