Net porn exposure linked to risky sex (News)

Posted on January 16, 2013, in Internet, News, Teens

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NATASHA RUDRA

May 05, 2012

Find original article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/6958823/Net-porn-exposure-linked-to-risky-sex

Studies are showing an increasing link between internet porn and risky sexual behaviour in young teens, researchers say.

An editorial published in The Medical Journal of Australia today, says there is a growing body of evidence that shows a link between online porn, earlier and more varied sexual experiences and risky sex behaviour.

The “massive volume” of pornography available on the internet also led to concerns about adolescents watching explicit material online from an early age.

”There are … genuine questions about the potential for exposure to pornography at a young age to bring forward the onset of sexual activity,” they said.

Australian statistics showed 28 per cent of children aged nine to 16 had seen sexual material online with 17 per cent having seen pictures of genitals and 16 per cent viewing images of sex acts.

”Young people who reported having visited sexually explicit websites were more likely to have higher numbers of sexual partners,” the editorial says.

The editorial said the same young people were also more likely to have participated in a wider array of sexual practices and to drink and take drugs in association with sex.

All three factors are connected to a higher risk of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy.

There was also strong evidence from studies of adults that showed a link between people’s exposure to explicit material and their participation in violent or aggressive sexual behaviour.

Find original article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/6958823/Net-porn-exposure-linked-to-risky-sex

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