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(Brown, Durtschi, Carroll, & Willoughby, 2017)
People who use porn as a self-soothing technique tend to have some of the lowest reports of emotional and mental wellbeing according to a 2017 study.
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Fast Fact #17
(Internet Watch Foundation, 2021)
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.
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Fast Fact #65
(Szymanski & Stewart-Richardson, 2014)
Despite porn’s promise of improving consumers’ sex lives, research shows that consuming porn is associated with decreased sexual satisfaction.
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Fast Fact #49
(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
(Maddox, Rhoades, & Markman, 2011)
Research has shown that those who don’t consume porn report higher relationship quality—on every measure— than those who viewed pornography alone.
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Fast Fact #41
(International Labour Organization, 2017)
Of the approximately 24.9 million trafficking victims globally, an estimated 4.8 million—about 19%—are trafficked for sex, and more than 1 in 5 sex trafficking victims—an estimated 21%—are children, according to the International Labour Office.
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Fast Fact #69
(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
(Park, Wilson, Berger, Christman, Reina, Bishop, Klam, & Doan, 2016; Sun, Bridges, Johnson, & Ezzell, 2016)
Some frequent porn consumers can become so accustomed to the exaggerated forms of sex they see in porn, that they may have a difficult time becoming aroused in real-life sexual encounters unless porn is also present.
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Fast Fact #48
(Wright, Tokunaga, Herbenick, & Paul, 2021)
Research suggests that pornography can make young people more sexually illiterate —in other words, it’s actively spreading harmful misinformation about sex.
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Fast Fact #54
(Harvey, 2020)
While many LGBTQ+ youth turn to porn to learn more about their own sexuality, porn often fetishizes, misrepresents, and exploits LGBTQ+ people in damaging ways.
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Fast Fact #81
(Thorn, 2020)
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”.
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Fast Fact #71