Thursday, April 25, 2013

Viewing Sexually Explicit Materials Has Little Effect On Adolescent And Young Adult Sexual Behavior

Posted by Milton Recht:

From "Chillax: Sexually explicit material affects young people not so much" on ScienceBlog:
Viewing sexually explicit material through media such as the Internet, videos, and magazines may be directly linked with the sexual behavior of adolescents and young adults, but only to a very small extent.

That is the conclusion of a new study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. The findings suggest that the practice is just one of many factors that may influence the sexual behaviors of young people.
"Our data suggest that other factors such as personal dispositions—specifically sexual sensation seeking—rather than consumption of sexually explicit material may play a more important role in a range of sexual behaviors of adolescents and young adults, and that the effects of sexually explicit media on sexual behaviors in reality need to be considered in conjunction with such factors," Dr. [Gert Martin] Hald [University of Copenhagen in Denmark] said.

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