Research suggests that frequent porn consumers are more likely to victim-blame survivors of sexual violence.
(Foubert & Bridges, 2017; Foubert, Brosi, & Bannon, 2011)
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Fast Fact #103
Even quitting porn for a short time can lessen its negative effects and have positive effects on consumers' lives and relationships.
(Fernandez, Kuss, & Griffiths, 2020)
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Fast Fact #11
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.
(Marston & Lewis, 2014)
Because of desensitization, many porn consumers find themselves consuming more porn, consuming more often, or consuming more extreme forms of pornography.
(Park, Wilson, Berger, Christman, Reina, Bishop, Klam, & Doan, 2016; Banca, Morris, Mitchell, Harrison, Potenza, & Voon, 2016)
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Fast Fact #8
Despite porn’s promise of improving consumers’ sex lives, research shows that consuming porn is associated with decreased sexual satisfaction.
(Szymanski & Stewart-Richardson, 2014)
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Fast Fact #49
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.
(Taylor & Shrive, 2021)
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Fast Fact #67
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.
(Martellozzo, Monaghan, Adler, Davidson, Leyva, & Horvath, 2016)
According to a 2020 report, approximately 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys aged 13-17 report sharing their own nudes, despite the fact that those images are legally considered “child pornography”.
(Thorn, 2020)
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Fast Fact #71
Research shows that “teen” is one of the most consistently popular porn themes, and that this theme is 1) becoming increasingly popular, and 2) includes the portrayal of underage characters.
(Walker, Makin, & Morczek, 2016)
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Fast Fact #96
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.
(van Oosten & Vandenbosch, 2020)