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New study links teen sex and porn sites

Last Updated: February 20, 2014

Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion. He is the author of Coming Clean: Overcoming Lust Through Biblical Accountability and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. Luke and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com

dorm-computerA recent study published by The Journal of Adolescent Health discusses the correlation between sexually explicit websites and sexual attitudes and behaviors in teenagers.

“Of the participants, 96% had Internet access, and 55.4% reported ever visiting a sexually explicit website.”

Adolescents who visit these sites display higher sexual permissiveness compared with those who have never been exposed. Adolescents exposed to these sites were . . .

  • more likely to have multiple lifetime sexual partners
  • more likely to have had more than one sexual partner in the last 3 months
  • more likely to have used alcohol or other substances at last sexual encounter

The study concluded longitudinal research is still needed to evaluate how exposure to porn sites influences youth attitudes and sexual behaviors. To be sure, the study does not prove any causality, merely correlation.

See the abstract: “Exposure to Sexually Explicit Web Sites and Adolescent Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors.”

  • Comments on: New study links teen sex and porn sites
    1. JohnnyChristlike on

      LoL, I didn’t need a study to tell me that. Right after that study there was another one that concluded that water is wet.

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    2. Brian Gardner on

      If you follow the link to the abstract, there is a sad, but not surprising conclusion from the secular community: “SEWs (sexually explicit websites) can serve an educational purpose and create an opportunity for adults to engage adolescents in discussions about sexual health and consumption of Internet material.” Wow! Does that mean that parents should surf porn with their kids and interact educationally about it? It’s a sad commentary on how, as a culture, we are afraid of coming right out and saying anything that might make a moral judgment.

      This lack of “center” is part of the problem, and a direct result of the subtle influence of post-modernism, where the rights of the individual to chart their own course have superseded all else.

      I’m not surprised, because I do not expect those who are alienated from God to find any moral basis, but I am sad over the bitter harvest that will be reaped in the lives of young people, who will grow up to be adults in bondage to selfishness.

      Brian

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      • Luke Gilkerson on

        @Brian – I hear you on that. I wrote almost a year ago called “Oprah Winfrey and Prescription Porn,” all about how psychologists have actually told sexually repressed female clients to watch erotica to help them. I think this sort of advice for married couples is creating far more problems than it is supposedly starting.

    3. joe on

      There is a difference between correlation and causation.

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      • Luke Gilkerson on

        @joe – Thanks for the comment. You are right: There is a difference between correlation and causation, which is why I said, “the study does not prove any causality, merely correlation.”

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