More than 1,000 people around the world have been discovering insights from The Risks Young People Face as Porn Consumers paper. It was written by our Chair Dr Darryl Mead. He delivered the paper back in 2016 at the 3rd International Conference on Technology Addiction in Istanbul hosted by the Green Crescent Society. It was first published in the peer-reviewed journal Addicta in February 2017. It was then added to ResearchGate where it had 1,100 views by January 24th 2019. What does this paper tell us?
Adolescents are now significant users of internet pornography. Samples of voluntary consumption were identified from 14 countries. Considered collectively they demonstrate that boys are much more interested in viewing pornography than girls and that both genders watch more pornography as they get older. By age 18 most boys are consumers. From a risk management point of view, internet pornography has not been proven to be a safe product. It poses dangers similar to any activity that has a high potential for the development of problematic behaviors or addiction through sustained overconsumption. Until causality linking pornography consumption to harm is either disproven or demonstrated to be very low, there is a strong case for governments and policy makers to intervene in the unrestricted supply of internet pornography to all consumers, particularly adolescents. The precautionary principle should be invoked to minimize the likelihood that internet pornography consumption will become a global public health crisis. Prevention of harm is always preferable to treating it. Reducing risk from internet pornography by discouraging its consumption is relatively inexpensive and easy to do.
You can take a look at the paper yourself for more insights in to this emerging social phenomenon.
Darryl Mead has also been co-authoring articles with our CEO Mary Sharpe. In 2018 they wrote “Pornography and Sexuality Research Papers at the 4th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions” which was published in Sexual Addictions and Compulsivity. This is the world’s premier conference reporting the work of leading neuroscience and social science investigators into the effects of porn on individuals and user populations. If you would like to read the full paper, it is available as a free download from the publisher at this link.
Further, in February 2019, we expect to see our latest paper from the “Pornography and Sexuality Research Papers at the 5th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions” which was held in Cologne, Germany in April 2018, published in Sexual Addictions and Compulsivity too. Look out for a link to that paper in early course.
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