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Porn Generation

Many of us received our first idea about sex from porn. How did the porn industry change ideas about sex and relationships with the opposite sex?

Pornography became available and now it grows a whole generation that has received its first ideas about sex from these videos. According to ATVOD study, more than 473,000 children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 visited porn sites just for a month in the UK. And this number does not include access from smartphones and tablets. What impact does this have on their ideas about sex and relationships?

Italian scientists from the University of Torino published a report in the European Journal of Developmental Psychology in which they stated that more and more teenagers are deprived of innocence under duress.

 

One of the study participants, 21-year-old Lara told researchers: “In the majority of porn video, sex is presented as a compelling, almost violent act, in which a woman has no control over the situation and the relationship between two people is virtually absent. Porn prompted me to start a relationship with a man much older than me, while I forced myself to endure the pain, so the act brought me no pleasure. “

Porn affects the perception of young people. According to a study conducted by Channel 4, most teenagers are unhappy with their appearance, because of the fact that it does not correspond to what they see in porn.

 

“As a teenager, I tried to be similar to those sexual objects that I have seen in porn – said one of the study participants, who wished to remain anonymous. – I dressed sexy, made hair bleaching, using more and more cosmetic only because that’s how I imagine sexy and attractive.”

 

Moreover, 45% of women admitted that they do not like the size or shape of their breasts, and they are thinking about plastic surgery, and 27% of young boys are dissatisfied with the size of the penis.

Another problem is that many people began to perceive the violent sex as the norm. Member of a study conducted by British researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a 24-year-old Chris shares his story: “I started watching porn when I was 13, just because of curiosity. I almost did not know anything about sex. For me, porn was a source of information. Now I understand that it had its side effects… When I was 17, and I had my first sexual experience, 4 years pornography hobbies formed my misconceptions about what sex is. I idealized sex, and certain standards were created in my mind about what sex should be.”

Chris admitted that porn makes an aggressive and painful sex norm. “I have developed a tolerance to such videos. I began to look more and more hardcore: it’s definitely a huge market, and these videos are difficult to avoid. There are websites where you can find a lot of terrible videos in which women cry during sex. However, due to the fact that I have looked so much porn porn, I have developed certain apathy and a desire to watch extreme videos.”

Another study participant agrees with him, 23-year-old Jack, “I remember I watched porn, and it was clear that the woman was unhappy: it was clear that she did not want to do it. I thought, “If this woman does not want it, whether other woman want to do this?” At some point you realize that someone forced her to have sex just because you want to satisfy your fantasies. Suddenly I realized, “Wait, I have an erection when I look at how some women were forced to have sex with a strange man.” I do not understand this porn. Is this a mockery? And there are guys who are watching this, and they have an erection. “

Porn can lead to addiction, mental disorders and the development of erectile dysfunction.

Porn promotes not only compelling, but also anal sex. According to the researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, porn is turns anal sex into something common.

 

“I watched a lot of porn with anal sex, and when I had my first girl, I asked her for anal sex all the time:” Let’s try? “” I want to try it, “- says Chris. – And when we finally did it, I felt ashamed. She did not like it and me too. It turned out to be quite different from the way I imagined it. I did not expect that it would not the thing I really wanted.”

Porn makes a person dependent on dopamine, making him search for more and more extreme video.

A popular neuroscientist Gary Wilson has created a website dedicated to the influence of porn on the brain, – Your Brain On Porn. According to the doctor, porn can lead to addiction, mental disorders and the development of erectile dysfunction. The point is that when watching porn, your body produces a lot of dopamine – a hormone that causes a feeling of satisfaction and involved in the process of motivation. Wilson’s opinion is confirmed by the study conducted by German researchers from the Max Planck Institute, according to which during the regular viewing of pornography, the area of the brain responsible for motivation and encouragement reduces.

What to do in this situation? British Prime Minister David Cameron insists on creating more stringent Internet filters, including the age qualification. In addition, young people need more competent and accessible sex education. A simple ban is not enough, say activists, the problem of porn should be discussed with adolescents and they should be offered alternative sources of information.