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The Scary Side Effects Porn Users Experience: An Inside Look

By | source:Here Jan 19th, 2019

Is porn a big deal? Find out how this 97 billion dollar industry influences the human mind and what you can do about it.

Debates about porn have probably been ongoing since human beings figured out how to draw each other naked: the morality, legality, and censorship of it have been up for discussion for many centuries. What’s becoming ever more certain, however, is that modern pornography and the way people consume it can have a scary effect, both for individuals and for society.

Many a low-hanging joke has been made about the availability of porn on the internet, but the numbers behind pornography don’t lie: it’s absolutely everywhere. One of the most concerning trends is young people’s porn consumption. According to this infographic, 93% of boys and 62% of girls have seen porn online. With kids getting their first smartphone at age 10, on average, it’s increasingly hard for parents and schools to restrict their access to adult content.

And with porn consumption come a variety of negative effects: 10% of 12-13-year-old boys fear they’re addicted, and 39% of girls think porn is a realistic depiction of sex. With 88% of pornography containing physical aggression, primarily against women, it’s clear why these statistics should make everyone very concerned. It may be too late to find a solution, however, since porn changes the connections in young brains. At the very least, working to restrict young people’s access to pornography while teaching them about its unrealistic depictions, should be a top priority across the globe.

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