“Generation XXX: Pornography Acceptance and Use Among Emerging Adults”

Posted on November 1, 2016, in Men, Research, Statistics, Women

Publication Information

Title: "Generation XXX: Pornography Acceptance and Use Among Emerging Adults"
Publication: Journal of Adolescent Research
Author: Carroll, Jason S., et al.
Date: 01/10/2008

Abstract

This study examined correlates of pornography acceptance and use within a normative (nonclinical) population of emerging adults (individuals aged 18—26). Participants included 813 university students (500 women; M age = 20 years) recruited from six college sites across the United States. Participants completed online questionnaires regarding their acceptance and use of pornography, as well as their sexual values and activity, substance use, and family formation values. Results revealed that roughly two thirds (67% ) of young men and one half (49%) of young women agree that viewing pornography is acceptable, whereas nearly 9 out of 10 (87%) young men and nearly one third (31%) of young women reported using pornography. Results also revealed associations between pornography acceptance and use and emerging adults’ risky sexual attitudes and behaviors, substance use patterns, and nonmarital cohabitation values. The discussion considers the implications of pornography use during the transition to adulthood.

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