Article Date: 26 Apr 2013 - 0:00 PDT
Online Porn Has Small Effect On Teenage Sexual Behavior
"Researchers have found that viewing sexually explicit content on the internet or in magazines as a teenager does not influence sexual behavior as much as people think, according to a new study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
It was believed by many that viewing sexually explicit content could have a negative impact on the sexual behaviors of teenagers. However, not enough research was carried out to come to any concrete conclusions.
A team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, led by Gert Martin Hald, PhD, conducted an online survey which included a total of 4,600 Dutch young people between the age of 15 and 25.
They found that close to 88 percent of males and 45 percent of females who participated in the survey had watched some form of sexually explicit material in the past year.
The results indicated that viewing sexually explicit media was associated with sexual behaviors, such as adventurous sex and offering money for sex. However, it should be noted that this association was marginal, resulting in only a 0.3 to 4 percent difference in sexual behaviors."
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