Teen and porn: a meeting more and more young.

The Safer Internet Day (also known as "Safer Internet Day") on Tuesday, February 6th, aims to promote safer Internet use for children and young people. The event, initiated by the European Commission, is organized in 110 countries, an opportunity to revisit an Ifop survey conducted last March highlighting the growing age of the first viewing of pornographic film.

Porn more and sooner

The Ifop survey of 1005 respondents shows that one in three young people admits to having seen pornography between 13 and 15 years old. One in seven has already seen it before he is 12 years old. Attendance at pornographic sites by young people is increasing sharply: 51% of boys and 37% of girls surveyed watched in 2017, compared to 37% and 18% in 2013.

In two clicks, on their mobile phone or on their computer, teenagers have access to pornographic movies. Most of this consumption is done via free sites (96%, compared to 78% for all French people). Only 4% of teenagers have surfed a paid site, compared to 22% of all French people, whether in the form of a subscription or payment per unit.

While the first viewing of a movie X is for most young men a lonely experience usually associated with masturbation, the majority of teenagers claim to have seen their first porn with someone else, friends or girlfriend).

A sensitive age in the construction of sexuality

This visualization at an increasingly early age is however not trivial. Adolescence is an important moment for the maturation of the brain. The age at which a boy watches pornography for the first time may influence his behavior with women and more generally with his sexuality. The sooner he sees her, the more likely he is to have a sexist attitude, with a desire to exercise power over the other sex. While the one who looked at it later tends to live a more liberated sexuality.

Moreover, even if young people generally succeed in differentiating pornography from reality, it can be a source of complexes, especially among men, particularly in relation to the size of the sex or the performance.

Attention to porn-addiction

Just like adults, nearly one in two teens attempted to reproduce scenes seen in pornographic films. However, young people reproduce these practices more regularly: 20% have done "several times", twice as many as in the adult population (11%).

Even if no link is established between the age of viewing pornographic movies and porn-addiction, the escalation of images increasingly "hard", the invasion of thoughts and negative consequences (no longer going to school, see friends, tumble school results ...) need to alert. A consultation with a child psychiatrist, a sexologist or a psychologist is necessary to help the adolescent to build his sexuality and to make the difference between the virtual and the real.

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