Teens Who Watch Internet Porn More Likely To Engage In Risky Sex
More Likely To Drink And Take Drugs
Junior didn't develop all those weird sexual fetishes on his own. No, he learned them from ... The Internet. A new study has discovered a significant link between early exposure to internet porn and risky sexual behavior.
According to an editorial in the Medical Journal of Australia, the "massive volume" of sexually explicit images and videos available on the internet has a direct effect on the behavior and well-being of young children.
"Young people who reported having visited sexually explicit websites were more likely to have higher numbers of sexual partners,'' the editorial says.
Those same youngsters were also more likely to take drugs and try alcohol earlier, both of which contribute to your chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease or an unwanted pregnancy.
The editorial also reports a strong link in adults between the viewing of pornography and violent or aggressive behavior, though this connection has been disputed in other studies.
So how do we bring the internet porn monster under control? Put chains around our children's computers? The answer, experts say, lies in education. Better communication and education about what constitutes healthy, safe sex can help teens make better decisions.