Young people & online sexual imagery: a report commissioned for Channel 4

Roberts, Amanda and Turner, John (2014) Young people & online sexual imagery: a report commissioned for Channel 4. Project Report. Channel 4.

Young People and Online Sexual Imagery

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Survey finds nearly 80 per cent of young teen males have seen sexual images online.
The survey, specially commissioned for the Channel 4 programme Porn on the Brain, looks at teen porn habits and reveals some shocking results about the impact porn is having on young people’s perception of sex and relationships today.
The ongoing study is being led by Dr Amanda Roberts and Dr John Turner from UEL’s School of Psychology. To date, more than 850 participants, male and female between the ages of 12 and 20, have responded to an online survey disclosing why they access porn, what types of images they view and with what frequency, and how the sexual imagery makes them feel.
Within the age group 12 to 16 year olds, boys were far more likely than girls to have viewed sexual images. Nearly 80 per cent of boys had watched people having sex online in contrast to just 33 per cent of girls. Whilst some girls had never watched porn, all the boys surveyed had done so, with over half (51 per cent) looking quite a few times and nearly a third (27 per cent) admitting to looking a lot.
Among 16 to 20 year olds, nearly all the boys (97 per cent) and almost 80 per cent of the girls had seen sexual images. Whilst both sexes were similarly comfortable with viewing such imagery, nearly three times as many boys than girls felt their use of porn was impacting on their relationships or becoming a dependency. Over seven per cent of boys felt their viewing was getting out of control.
The survey asked participants to explain their feelings on what they viewed, and found that girls were far more likely to be confused, angry or frightened by what they saw online. Girls tended to be in groups when they were looking at sexual images often via Facebook and social media. However, boys were not using these channels to access porn and were mostly watching it alone. Over 10 per cent of both sexes felt they were looking at more and more extreme imagery.

Keywords:Sexual imagery, Teenagers, Pornography, Gender differences
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:16363
Deposited On:09 Jan 2015 10:56

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