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Teens and Porn

A 2018 study revealed:

  • Nearly 27% of teens receive sexts.

  • Around 15% are sending them.

  • 57% of teens search out porn at least monthly.

  • 51% of male students and 32% of female students first viewed porn before their teenage years.

  • The first exposure to pornography among men is 12 years old, on average.

  • 71% of teens hide online behavior from their parents.

A 2016 study on Canadian adolescents showed that 45.3% admitted to problems in erectile dysfunction.


“The young women who talk to me on campuses about the effect of pornography on their intimate lives speak of feeling that they can never measure up, that they can never ask for what they want; and that if they do not offer what porn offers, they cannot expect to hold a guy. The young men talk about what it is like to grow up learning about sex from porn, and how it is not helpful to them in trying to figure out how to be with a real woman…For the first time in human history, the images’ power and allure have supplanted that of real naked women. Today, real naked women are just bad porn.”

– Naomi Wolf


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According to the Journal of Adolescent Health, prolonged exposure to pornography leads to:
-An exaggerated perception of sexual activity in society.
-Diminished trust between intimate couples.
-The abandonment of the hope of sexual monogamy.
-Belief that promiscuity is the natural state.
-Belief that abstinence and sexual inactivity are unhealthy.
-Cynicism about love or the need for affection between sexual partners.
-Belief that marriage is sexually confining.
-Lack of attraction to family and child-raising.


Teens and online behaviors

Tru Research conducted 2,017 online interviews with teens, ages 13-17, and parents of teens found:
-71% of teens have done something to hide what they do online from their parents (this includes clearing browser history, minimizing a browser when in view, deleting inappropriate videos, lying about behavior, using a phone instead of a computer, blocking parents with social media privacy settings, using private browsing,
disabling parental controls, or having e-mail or social media accounts unknown to parents).
-32% of teens admit to intentionally accessing nude or pornographic content online. Of these, 43% do so on a weekly basis. Only 12% of parents knew their teens were accessing pornography.


a study by the Barna Group discovered among teens age 13-17:
-7% came across porn daily; 8% intentionally sought it out daily.
-21% came across porn weekly; 18% sought it out weekly.
-21% came across porn once or twice a month; 11% sought it out.
-In total, 57% of teens sought out porn at least monthly.

Teenage Boy on Mobile Phone

Hard Facts

University of Alberta Study

429 students ages 13 and 14 from 17 schools across Alberta, Canada, were surveyed about how often they accessed sexually explicit media content:
-90% of boys and 70% of girls reported accessing sexually explicit media on at least one occasion.
-35% of boys said they had viewed pornographic videos “too many times to count.”

Survey published in the Journal of Adolescent Health

-96% of teens interviewed had Internet access, and 55.4% reported that they had visited a sexually explicit website.
-Adolescents exposed to these sites are more likely to have multiple lifetime sexual partners, more likely to have had more than one sexual partner in the last 3 months, and more likely to have used alcohol or other substances at their last
sexual encounter.

560 college students responded to an online survey:

-93% of boys and 62% of girls were exposed to pornography before 18.
-14% of boys and 9% of girls were exposed to pornography before 13.
-69% of boys and 23% of girls have spent at least 30 consecutive minutes viewing Internet pornography on at least one occasion.

-63% of boys have done so more
than once, and 35% of boys have done so on more than 10 occasions.
-83% of boys and 57% of girls have seen group sex online.
-69% of boys and 55% of girls have seen same-sex intercourse online.
-39% of boys and 23% of girls have seen sexual bondage online.
-32% of boys and 18% of girls have seen bestiality online.
-18% of boys and 10% of girls have seen rape or sexual violence online.
-5% of boys and 9% of girls have seen child pornography.

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