Porn is considered a supernormal stimulus.
(Hilton, 2013; Goodwin, Browne, & Rockloff, 2015)
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Fast Fact #21
83% of active 2020 sex trafficking cases involved online solicitation, which is overwhelmingly the most common tactic traffickers use to solicit sex buyers.
(Feehs & Wheeler, 2021)
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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
Problematic porn consumers who are treated using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy show a 92% reduction in porn consumption, and an 86% reduction three months later.
(Crosby & Twohig, 2016)
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Fast Fact #12
Research shows that people who consume porn tend to later experience lower relationship satisfaction.
(Rasmussen, 2016; Wright, Tokunaga, Kraus, & Klann, 2017)
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Fast Fact #50
Porn consumers tend to be less committed to their partners.
(Lambert, Negash, Stillman, Olmstead, & Fincham, 2012; Rasmussen, 2016)
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Fast Fact #51
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.
(Martellozzo, Monaghan, Adler, Davidson, Leyva, & Horvath, 2016)
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Fast Fact #56
According to a 2016 study, people who view porn regularly are less likely to get married than those who do not. Researchers suggest this may be because consumers see porn as a substitute for sexual gratification in a relationship.
(Malcolm & Naufal, 2016)
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Fast Fact #38
One review of 20 studies on the topic found that pornography consumption negatively impacts adolescents’ self-esteem and mental health.
(Koletić, 2017)
Desensitization, or a numbed pleasure response, has been shown to happen in cases of pornography consumption.
(Banca, Morris, Mitchell, Harrison, Potenza, & Voon, 2016; Kühn & Gallinat, 2014)
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Fast Fact #7
The Internet Watch Foundation recently reported that during 2020, approximately 44% of all child sexual abuse material reported to the IWF involved self-generated material. That’s a 16% increase from 2019 when only a third of reports involved self-generated imagery.
(Internet Watch Foundation, 2021)
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Fast Fact #65
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
Studies show that people who consume porn frequently are more likely to support sexual violence.
(Wright & Tokunaga, 2016; Seabrook, Ward, & Giaccardi, 2019)
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Fast Fact #79