Porn is ‘pervasive’ in our lives, sex-ed pressures us into promiscuity: teens

Aug 22, 2014 by

A poll of 18-year-old UK teens conducted by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) found that a large majority of both boys and girls believe that easy access to online porn puts pressure on them to look and act in imitation of what porn portrays.

They also complained that sex education often presents promiscuity as normal, putting additional pressure on them to become sexually active before they might otherwise.

“This new polling data shows that pornographic images are pervasive in teenagers’ lives and that young women in particular are acutely conscious of how damaging they can be,” said Dalia Ben-Galim, associate director of the IPPR, in media statements.

“The images and the type of pornography that young people can access quite readily is much more explicit and more violent than young people have been able to access in the past,” she said.

The poll of 500 teens found that 77 percent of teen girls agreed that “pornography has led to pressure on girls and young women to look a certain way,” while 75 percent said that porn pressures then to “act” a certain way.

Eighty percent of the 18 year olds said that it was “too easy for young people to accidentally see pornography online.”

Seven out of 10 said that “accessing pornography was seen as typical” while they were at school, while almost half (46 percent) said “sending sexual or naked photos or videos is part of everyday life for teenagers.”

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