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Over 100 quick stats and findings from an ever-growing body of research.

(Rothman, Kaczmarsky, Burke, Jansen, & Baughman, 2015)
Qualitative research reveals that young women often feel pressured to play out the “scripts” their male partners had learned from porn —they feel badgered into having sex in uncomfortable positions, faking sexual responses, and consenting to unpleasant or painful acts.
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Fast Fact #88
(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
(Fritz, Malic, Paul, & Zhou, 2021)
A 2021 study analyzed videos from popular porn sites and found that porn featuring Black people tends to perpetuate harmful racist stereotypes, disproportionately emphasize violence and aggression, and often depicts Black people as “worse than objects.”
(van Oosten & Vandenbosch, 2020)
Research shows that porn consumers are more likely to forward intimate images without consent. Researchers suggest this may be because regular porn consumers tend to develop sexually objectifying attitudes towards others.
(Banca, Morris, Mitchell, Harrison, Potenza, & Voon, 2016; Kühn & Gallinat, 2014)
Desensitization, or a numbed pleasure response, has been shown to happen in cases of pornography consumption.
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Fast Fact #7
(Martellozzo, Monaghan, Adler, Davidson, Leyva, & Horvath, 2016)
A UK survey found that 44% of males aged 11–16 who consumed pornography reported that online pornography gave them ideas about the type of sex they wanted to try.
(Rasmussen, 2016; Wright, Tokunaga, Kraus, & Klann, 2017)
Research shows that people who consume porn tend to later experience lower relationship satisfaction.
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Fast Fact #50
(Young, 2013; Nathanson, 2021)
Research has demonstrated that overcoming a pornography habit is absolutely possible, and that over time, pornography’s negative effects can be managed and largely reversed.
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  • Young K. S. (2013). Treatment outcomes using CBT-IA with Internet-addicted patients. Journal of behavioral addictions, 2(4), 209–215. https://doi.org/10.1556/JBA.2.2013.4.3
  • Nathanson, A. (2021). Psychotherapy with young people addicted to internet pornography. Psychoanal. Study Child, 74(1), 160-173. doi:10.1080/00797308.2020.1859286
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Fast Fact #10
(Fritz, Malic, Paul, & Zhou, 2021; Zhou & Paul, 2016)
Research shows that mainstream porn featuring people of color often promotes racism by focusing on degrading stereotypes.
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Fast Fact #87
(Feehs & Wheeler, 2021)
83% of active 2020 sex trafficking cases involved online solicitation, which is overwhelmingly the most common tactic traffickers use to solicit sex buyers.
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  • Feehs, K., & Wheeler, A. C. (2021). 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report. Human Trafficking Institute. Retrieved from https://www.traffickinginstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/2020-Federal-Human-Trafficking-Report-Low-Res.pdf
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Fast Fact #104
(Donevan, 2021)
Qualitative research with current and former porn performers suggests that sexual exploitation and trafficking are common experiences in the porn industry.