"We are in the midst of the single largest unregulated social experiment in human history."
Dr. Michael Seto
- The average age of a child being exposed to pornography is 11 years old, according to most research.
- According to a 2019 UK study, 62% of 11-13 year olds who had seen pornography reported that their first exposure to it was unintentional.
- 69% of boys and 23% of girls have seen pornography by age 13 or younger, according to an Australian study published in 2019.
- Children under age 10 now account for 22% of underage porn consumers and 10-14 year-olds make up 36% of minor consumers, according to Bitdefender’s 2016 research.
- In research commissioned by the BBFC, 75% of parents thought their child hadn’t seen pornography online. But of their children, 53% reported that they had seen it.
Effects on the Mind
- A 2007 study found that exposure to sexually explicit online films is significantly related to the belief that women are sex objects.
- In males as young as 14, a correlation was confirmed in several studies between frequent pornography viewing and an accepting stance toward raping a girl.
- Several studies confirmed that viewing pornography as a child, pre-teen, or teenager generates shame, guilt, anxiety, confusion, poor social bonds, addictions, sexual anxiety, and feelings of dissatisfaction with one’s body.
- A study by the Max Planck Institute in Germany found that the more subjects were exposed to pornography, the smaller the volume of grey matter was in their brain’s reward system, and that high porn consumption was associated with diminished communication between the brain's reward area and the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain involved in motivation and decision making.
Effects on Behavior
- A Swedish study found that 70% of high school boys who were frequent viewers of porn, including that which features violence and the sexual abuse of children and animals, reported that porn made them want to try out what they had seen.
- 10-15 year-olds consuming violent pornography are five times more likely to be sexually aggressive than non-viewers of violent porn, according to a 2011 longitudinal study.
- A UK study found that 10% of 12 to 13-year-olds fear they may have a compulsion to pornography.
- In an Australian study of adolescent boys aged 12–15, the more they used sexually explicit internet material the poorer their school grades were six months later.
- 80% of teens want to re-enact what they watch in porn according to a UK study.
Source: (Cowell & Smith, 2009)
- The average age of first perpetration of sexual violence is 15-16 and is associated with exposure to pornography, according to a 2017 study from Bloomberg School of Public Health.
- A study of 14- to 19-year-olds found that females who watched pornographic videos were at significantly greater likelihood of being victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault.