Teens & Porn

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Porn and Your Teens

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Ten stats you need to know

Porn and Your Teens

Two years ago, several hundred college students filled out an online survey to help researchers understand how prevalent exposure to pornography was among adolescents. Here are some of the results:

Teens and porn use is a serious problem today. Researchers said this sample of students had “a considerable amount of exposure” to Internet pornography, and they were particularly concerned about the degree of exposure to deviant sexual activity. “If participants in this study are typical of young people,” researchers commented, “exposure to pornography on the Internet can be described as a normative experience, and more study of its impact is clearly warranted.”

93% of boys and 62% of girls see porn before that age of 18. See more frightening porn stats

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Source: “The Nature and Dynamics of Internet Pornography Exposure for Youth” (pdf), by Chiara Sabina, Janis Wolak, and David Finkelhor (from CyberPsychology & Behavior, 2008) www.covenanteyes.com/2010/08/19/teens-and-porn-10-stats-your-need-to-know/

"Never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much indecent (and obscene) material been so easily accessible by so many minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions."- U.S. Department of Justice

Research reveals many systemic effects of Internet pornography that are undermining an already vulnerable culture of marriage and family. Even more disturbing is the fact that the first Internet generations have not reached full maturity, so the upper limits of this impact have yet to be realized"- Jill Manning, Sociologist

Did you know...

  • 9 out of 10 boys are exposed to pornography before the age of 18.
  • The first exposure to pornography among men is 12 years old, on average.
  • 71% of teens hide online behavior from their parents.
  • 28% of 16-17 year olds have been unintentionally exposed to porn online.
  • 20% of 16-year-olds and 30% of 17-year-olds have received a sext.

On average...

  • 6 out of 10 girls are exposed to pornography before the age of 18.
  • 15% of boys and 9% of girls have seen child pornography.
  • 32% of boys and 18% of girls have seen bestiality online.
  • 39% of boys and 23% of girls have seen sexual bondage online.
  • 83% of boys and 57% of girls have seen group sex online.
  • 69% of boys and 55% of girls have seen same-sex intercourse online.

Porn and Young Adults

Among young adults today, porn use is not the exception. It is the norm.

It is also becoming more common for young adults to make their own pornography. Nearly 1 in 5 of 18-24-year-olds have sent a sext (sexually explicit text message). This has become a predictor of sexual behavior. Students who have had sexual intercourse are five times more likely than virgins to be involved in sexting.

  • 51% of male and 32% of female students first viewed porn before their teenage years (12 and younger).
  • 64% of college men and 18% of college women spend time online for Internet sex every week.
  • 67% of young men and 49% of young women say viewing porn is an acceptable way to express one's sexuality.
  • Politically liberal people are 19% more likely to look at porn.
  • 68% of young adult men and 18% of women use porn at least once every week.
  • 19% of 18-24 year-olds have sent a sext.
  • Student who have had sexual intercourse are five times more likely than virgins to be involved in sexting.


Find Freedom through Internet Accountability and Filtering

(First of all, let me say that we get no money from this project and can't speak in its favor since we have no direct experience with it. However, we wanted you to know that something like this is available and it seemed like a good way for those who may be addicted to pornography to add some checks and balances.)

Why is Internet Porn so alluring? Psychologist Al Cooper said three factors play a role:

1.It is accessible. There are literally millions of porn websites which can be accessed almost anywhere.

2.It is affordable. Most people who view pornography only view the free material.

3.It is anonymous. You can look at porn in the privacy of your home or office. No one has to know you are viewing it.

Like a three-legged stool, break the leg of anonymity and the allure of pornography collapses.

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How Accountability Works

Internet Use Reports

Our Reports assign each website visited an age-based rating, making it easy to see what’s inappropriate. They’re customizable too!

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Your personal username lets you install Covenant Eyes on all of your computers, smartphones, and tablets. Our apps for iPhone and Android are no extra cost.

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Can’t decide who you want to receive your Reports? Send them to your spouse, brother, friend, or as many people as you like at no extra cost.

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Keep your mobile Internet use accountable with our free web browser app, which you use in place of Safari. It even has Filtering if you want it.

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Covenant Eyes for Android monitors websites visited on a growing number of browsers and social apps, like Twitter and Facebook. You can even lock down unmonitored apps.

Sign up for Covenant Eyes. Internet Accountability changes the way you use the Internet. Try it out for 30 days, and if you aren’t completely satisfied, you will be given a full refund.

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Pornography is sexual reality for me. If a person cannot deal with pornography, he cannot deal with the reality of sex. I am radically pro-pornography. I draw the line nowhere. Every fantasy must be permitted. - Camille Paglia


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