Most teenagers think internet pornography is damaging, poll finds (The Guardian)

By Hysen Sisco

Two-thirds of those polled said it would be easier growing up if pornography were less accessible. Photograph: Thomas Koehler/Photothek via Getty Images

18-year-olds say it is too easy to find explicit images by accident, and most girls say it puts pressure on them to act a certain way

By Josh Halliday
Tuesday 19 August 2014
The Guardian

Two-thirds of those polled said it would be easier growing up if pornography were less accessible. Photograph: Thomas Koehler/Photothek via Getty Images

Internet pornography is having a damaging impact on young people’s views about sex and puts pressure on girls to look and act a certain way, according to a poll of 500 British teenagers.

Eight out of 10 18-year-olds surveyed by the thinktank IPPR felt it was too easy to accidentally view explicit images while surfing the internet, while 72% said pornography led to unrealistic views about sex.

In findings that will add to concerns over the sharing of explicit photographs, 46% of 18-year-olds polled said sending sexual or naked photographs and videos was “part of everyday life for teenagers nowadays”.

“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 IPPR.

Almost eight out of 10 young women said pornography had …read more

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