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The reality of the digital age that we live in is that hardcore internet porn is more vast and varied than just about anything else that can be found online. Accessing it is as easy, or even easier, than getting a glass of water.

For all you seasoned online meme viewers and social media browsers, it is no secret that the infamous “Rule 34 of the internet” is definitely (and unfortunately) true. In case you’ve never heard of it, Rule 34 of the internet simply states, “If it exists, there is porn of it.”

Not cool.

To further prove this point, just look to mega porn site Pornhub’s “year in review” statistics from the last few years. The site collects detailed analytics from their site and releases a “year in review” containing all the information like “Favorite Porn Star,” “Most Popular Search Terms,” and “Average Time Spent Ver Visit.”

One of the most popular search terms on their site for the last five years running is one that is very unsettling.

Check it out:

That’s right. Since 2012, a wildly popular search term on a porn site that got 23 billion visits in 2016 is TEEN.

This means there is a massive porn genre dedicated entirely to girls who look (and may very well be for all anyone knows) younger than 18 years old, which is illegal for being below the age of consent for sex. Yikes.

And not surprisingly, this massive porn site seemingly takes pride in its users’ deviant tastes, saying in their annual report for 2014: “If Pornhub users all over the world are thirsty for one thing in particular, it’s teen-themed porn, as ‘teen’ was the most searched term in the world both this year and last.” …And the years that followed, too.

Ever thought about how this means that there are dads out there who are probably watching porn of girls that are the same age as their daughters? Or mothers watching porn performers the same age as their sons?

Younger equals sexier?

Now, after seeing this data, here is what we hope most people would be thinking about: if millions of people across the globe are constantly searching and viewing porn involving and depicting teens, what do you think that is doing to their sexual tastes and expectations? Is it fair to assume that this massive viewing and demand for the “teen” genre is making the porn viewer think that sex with teens is more okay, or more exciting? Or that the younger the girl looks, the easier it is to have sex with her, or the easier it is to take advantage of her?

Due to the science and research on porn’s effects on rearranging and rewiring people’s sexual template, we can tell you that this is exactly what kind of effect this is having on our society.

For example, in a survey of 1,500 young adult men, 56% said their tastes in porn had become “increasingly extreme or deviant.” [1] Many porn consumers eventually find themselves getting aroused by things that used to disgust them or things that they might have previously considered to be inappropriate or unethical. [2] Like sex with an underage teen, maybe?

The reality is that even casual pornography consumption has the power to change ideas and attitudes. [3] Even if that casual habit centers around your “average” teen girls next door in porn.

Rewiring Consumers’ Sexual Tastes

Unfortunately, porn has become a powerful and common version of sex education for many people. And what’s most harmful is that this form of education is being delivered in a way perfectly tailored to how our brains learn. Here’s how:

Studies have shown that images are especially powerful teachers since they can pack in a whole lot of information that the viewer can understand very quickly. [4] And while words are often interpreted as opinions, our brains are more likely to interpret images as facts; after all, it’s a lot harder to argue with something you’re seeing happen right in front of you. [5]

Now here’s the kicker: research has shown that our brains learn better when they’re sexually aroused. When you add in the focused concentration of searching through pornographic images to find exactly what the searcher is looking for, and reinforcing what’s being taught with the reward of sexual climax, it creates the perfect conditions for teaching and conditioning the brain.

As a result, consistent porn viewers wire their sexuality based on the virtual images that are stimulating to their body and brain. In this case, images showing teenaged-looking porn performers. Porn viewers are training their brain to seek after images of teens being used and abused as young, little play things.

“It’s sad,” said Dr. Gary Brooks, a renowned psychologist at Texas A&M who specializes in studies on porn’s negative effect on men. “Boys who are initiated in sex through these images become indoctrinated in a way that can potentially stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

Why This Matters

This is one of the many problems with porn. It is literally cultivating a society of people who find teens to be the most sought after sex object for sexual satisfaction. For five years running, “teen” has been one of the most searched terms on the world’s most popular porn site (and we think it’s a pretty safe bet to say that it’s not other teens who are looking).

Sound like a world you want to live in?

Us neither. So let’s change it — join us in taking a stand and spreading the word on the real harms of porn, and raising awareness that teens are not sex objects.

What YOU Can Do

If you aren’t cool with these negative effects that porn is having on our society, SHARE this article and help spread the word. Society needs to know that what porn is teaching about sex is the furthest thing from the truth and is downright harmful.

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Citations

[1] NoFap Survey (2012) Http://Www.Reddit.Com/R/NoFap/Comments/Updy4/Rnofap_survey_data_complete_datasets/
[2] Wery, A. & Billieux, J. (2016). Online Sexual Activities: An Exploratory Study Of Problematic And Non-Problematic Usage Patterns In A Sample Of Men. Computers In Human Behavior 56, 257-266. Doi:10.1016/J.Chb.2015.11.046; Park, B. Y., Et Al. (2016). Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review With Clinical Reports. Behavioral Sciences, 6, 17. Doi:10.3390/Bs6030017; Paul, P. (2010). From Pornography To Porno To Porn: How Porn Became The Norm. In J. Stoner And D. Hughes (Eds.) The Social Costs Of Pornography: A Collection Of Papers (Pp. 3–20). Princeton, N.J.: Witherspoon Institute.
[3] Peter, J. & Valkenburg, P. M., (2016) Adolescents And Pornography: A Review Of 20 Years Of Research. Journal Of Sex Research, 53(4-5), 509-531. Doi:10.1080/00224499.2016.1143441 (“Existing Research Has Produced Consistent Evidence That Adolescents’ Pornography Use Is Related To Their Sexual Attitudes.”); Bridges, A. J. (2010). Pornography’s Effect On Interpersonal Relationships. In J. Stoner And D. Hughes (Eds.) The Social Costs Of Pornography: A Collection Of Papers (Pp. 89-110). Princeton, NJ: Witherspoon Institute.
[4] Layden, M. A. (2010). Pornography And Violence: A New Look At The Research. In J. Stoner & D. Hughes (Eds.) The Social Costs Of Pornography: A Collection Of Papers (Pp. 57–68). Princeton, NJ: Witherspoon Institute; Doidge, N. (2007). The Brain That Changes Itself. (102) New York: Penguin Books.
[5] DeKeseredy, W. (2015). Critical Criminological Understandings Of Adult Pornography And Women Abuse: New Progressive Directions In Research And Theory. International Journal For Crime, Justice, And Social Democracy, 4(4) 4-21. Doi:10.5204/Ijcjsd.V4i4.184; Bridges, A. J. & Anton, C. (2013). Pornography And Violence Against Women. In J. A. Sigal & F. L. Denmark (Eds.). Violence Against Girls And Women: International Perspectives (Pp. 183-206). Santa Barbara, CA: Preager. (“[E]Xposure To Pornography Is Particularly Problematic For Youth Because They Often Lack Healthy Sexual Relationships That Counterbalance The Degrading And Depersonalizing Images Of Sex Often Depicted In Pornography.”)

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