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For example, those who frequent porn sites more often are more likely to view sex as a purely physical function and to view women as sex objects. 2, pages 247-257), for example, attorney Janis Wolak, psychologist Kimberly Mitchell, Ph D, and Finkelhor, of the UNH center, found that 42 percent of a nationally representative sample of 1,500 Internet users ages 10 to 17 had been exposed to online porn in the last year, with two-thirds reporting only unwanted exposure.
They're also more likely to hold such views if they perceive the material as more realistic, research finds. Each year about 40 percent of teens and preteens visit sexually explicit sites either deliberately or accidentally, studies here and abroad show. In fact, the incidence of unwanted exposure has risen for this age group, from about 26 percent between 19, to 34 percent in 2005, the team has found.
Some, for example, believe that being sexually curious is part of the developmental process and that Internet porn is one, albeit problematic, way to satisfy that curiosity.
And it may prove nearly impossible to completely prevent it, says Peter."When teenagers are old enough to be interested in sex, they are competent enough to find ways to access Internet porn," says Peter.
Hence, "our research is motivated by educating young people rather than protecting them," he says.
For example, one databased educational effort could be to counsel teens that online porn "is one very specific notion of sex and sexuality, and may not correspond with what they, and most adults, experience in their sex lives," he says.
Teens' sexual attitudes Because all published studies about the influence of Internet porn on teen attitudes are correlational, researchers can't say for sure whether access to Internet porn certain attitudes and behaviors, emphasizes Jochen Peter, Ph D, a communications researcher at the University of Amsterdam. Valkenburg, Ph D, are finding some intriguing links. 4, pages 639-660), the team also found a relationship between porn use and the feeling that it wasn't necessary to have affection for people to have sex with them. 5/6, pages 381-395), the Dutch team found a link between the type and explicitness of sexual media the teens saw and their tendency to view women as sexual "play things." The more explicit the material viewed, the more likely young people were to see women in these ways--and Internet movie porn was the only media type to show a statistically significant relationship, they found.
In one study surveying 471 Dutch teens ages 13 to 18, the researchers found that the more often young people sought out online porn, the more likely they were to have a "recreational" attitude toward sex--specifically, to view sex as a purely physical function like eating or drinking. Boys were much more likely to hold these views than girls, and they tended to hold these attitudes more strongly when they perceived the material as realistic, the team found. Another study not yet finalized will likely add more rigor to the way such variables are measured. Di Clemente, Ph D, and colleagues are using high-tech software to capture which and how many sex Web sites 560 young people access over 16 months.
The team also will survey the teens every two months on their sexual attitudes, onset of sexual behavior and frequency of sexually risky behavior.
Their wish list includes a more detailed look at the effects of online pornography on young people under a range of exposure and family conditions, more longitudinal studies and a closer look at how inadvertent exposure may affect the young.
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