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(Martellozzo, Monaghan, Adler, Davidson, Leyva, & Horvath, 2016)
Over 46% of young people reported that they saw online porn for the first time when it just “popped up”, and 22% reported that someone else showed it to them when they weren’t expecting it.
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Fast Fact #23
(Martellozzo, Monaghan, Adler, Davidson, Leyva, & Horvath, 2016)
Over half of 11 to 16-year-old boys (53%) and over a third of 11 to 16-year-old girls (39%) reported believing that pornography was a realistic depiction of sex, according to a 2016 report.
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Fast Fact #56
(Skorska, Hodson, & Hoffarth, 2018; Zhou, Liu, Yan, & Paul, 2021)
Research shows that people who consume porn frequently are more likely to objectify and dehumanize others.
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Fast Fact #75
(Rothman, Kaczmarsky, Burke, Jansen, & Baughman, 2015)
Findings of a qualitative study indicated that teens often reported trying to copy porn in their own sexual encounters, and that the pressure to imitate porn was often an aspect of unhealthy relationships.
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Fast Fact #46
(Tylka, 2015; Owens, Behun, Manning, & Reid, 2012)
Porn consumption is associated with poorer body image.
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Fast Fact #20
(Wright, Tokunaga, & Kraus, 2016)
A 2016 meta-analysis of 22 studies from seven countries found that internationally, the consumption of pornography was significantly associated with increases in sexual aggression, both verbally and physically among males and females alike.
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Fast Fact #86
(Tollini & Diamond-Welch, 2021)
While most porn consumers are generally unconcerned about the potential mistreatment of porn performers, about 70% of porn consumers who do learn about mistreatment in the porn industry take some form of action to combat it, including changing their porn habits.
(Carroll, Busby, Willoughby, & Brown, 2017)
In more committed relationships, only 46% of women accurately reported how much their partner consumed porn with nearly 40% of men reporting more consumption than their partners believed was occurring, according to a 2017 study.
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Fast Fact #31
(Park, Wilson, Berger, Christman, Reina, Bishop, Klam, & Doan, 2016; Banca, Morris, Mitchell, Harrison, Potenza, & Voon, 2016)
Because of desensitization, many porn consumers find themselves consuming more porn, consuming more often, or consuming more extreme forms of pornography.
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Fast Fact #8
(Wright, Tokunaga, & Kraus, 2016)
While not all porn features physical violence, even non-violent porn has been shown to be associated with negative effects like increased sexual aggression
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Fast Fact #83
(Marston & Lewis, 2014)
Longitudinal, qualitative research has found that young people's narratives surrounding anal sex often encourage coercion, pain, and other risky behaviors, and that they often attribute these narratives to pornography, as it can normalize sexual behaviors and attitudes.
(Taylor & Shrive, 2021)
According to a UK survey of over 22,000 adult women, 16% reported having been forced or coerced to perform sex acts the other person had seen in porn.
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Fast Fact #67
(Ruvalcaba & Eaton, 2020)
1 in 12 U.S. adults report that they have been victims of image-based abuse —sometimes called “revenge porn—and 1 in 20 report that they have been perpetrators of image-based abuse.