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03 August 2017

Boys who first watch porn as teenagers ‘become playboys’ – but any younger and they ‘grow up sexist’

LADS who first watch porn in their teens are more likely to become playboys that sleep around, a study found.

But those exposed to explicit images at a younger age will be more sexist – with a need to dominate women.

The older a man is when he first watches porn the more likely he is to be promiscuous, a study has found
The older a man is when he first watches porn the more likely he is to be promiscuous, a study has found
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Researchers quizzed 330 men aged 17 to 54 years old about their first experience of porn.

They also answered 46 questions designed to measure their attitude to sex and women.

The average age of first exposure was 13 years four months, with the youngest being five years and the oldest 26.

More men indicated their first exposure was accidental (43.5 percent) than intentional (33.4 percent) or forced (17.2 percent).

Six percent did not indicate the nature of the exposure.

The older blokes were at first exposure, the more likely they were to become promiscuous.

But if a man watches porn at a young age he is more likely to be sexist
But if a man watches porn at a young age he is more likely to be sexist
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Researcher Alyssa Bischmann said: “The goal of our study was to examine how age of first exposure to pornography, and the nature of said first exposure, predicts conformity to two masculine norms: playboy – or sexually promiscuous behaviour – and seeking power over women.

“We found that the younger a man was when he first viewed pornography, the more likely he was to want power over women.

“The older a man was when he first viewed pornography, the more likely he would want to engage in playboy behaviour.”


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Ms Bischmann, from the University of Nebraska, US, said the nature of men’s first exposure did not affect their attitude to sex and women.

She added “We were surprised. We had expected that intentional, accidental or forced experiences would have differing outcomes.”

Researchers believe religion, sexual performance anxiety, negative sexual experiences and whether the first exposure experience was positive or negative have an impact.


These will be explored in future studies.

Chrissy Richardson, who also worked on the research, said: “The most interesting finding from this study was that older age at first exposure predicted greater adherence to the playboy masculine norms.

“That finding has sparked many more questions and potential research ideas because it was so unexpected based on what we know about gender role socialisation and media exposure.”

The research was presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, in Washington, United States.

Researchers say their findings may help officials develop policies that prevent sexual assaults.


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