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Is Your Teen Addicted To Porn?

[ 3 ] August 5, 2012 |
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A couple months ago, I saw a story on Nightline (ABC) about porn and teens. I was shocked. Kids are “sexting” much more often than they are texting each other and they are watching pornography like it’s the latest teen flick of the week. Nude pictures sent by young girls through their cell phones is common. Back in the Stone Age, dirty movies and magazines could only be gotten from the sex stores in the back alleys of the seedier parts of town. And you had to be eighteen to walk through the door.  In our technologically connected world, minors have a much easier time accessing pornography via the Internet. For free. Porn is no longer something that only old men watch. Twelve and thirteen year old children are viewing it, too. And most parents are oblivious to it all.

I watched this story with a great deal of interest because I am a mother and I worry about what will be going on when she becomes a teenager. Online porn addiction is a growing problem among teens and more needs to be written about it before it becomes an epidemic. Studies have shown that seven out of ten teens have been accidentally exposed to pornography on the internet.  Just look at the videos played on MTV that are one step up from soft core. And parents thought what that channel showed in the eighties was bad? Ever listen to the lyrics of the songs your kid is listening to? You should. Women are portrayed as sex objects and not human beings, especially in rap and hip hop music. This leads teens down a road they should not be on at such an impressionable age. Boys learn to objectify women and girls think that allowing it will get them love and popularity. It won’t. It can, however, lead to an addiction most of us think is exclusive to men who still live in their mother’s basements and run of the mill perverts.

 

 

I urge all parents to monitor your teen’s text and online activity very closely. And addiction to online porn so young can ruin lives. It does not only affect the person with the problem. Much like a drug or alcohol addiction, it hurts everyone around them. This is an ongoing problem and I suspect that it will get much worse before it gets better, as technology and the internet get better and bigger. There is help out there, you just have to know where to look.

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    Yikes! It has got to be more stressful now than ever being a mother. There seems to be so much more to worry about than when I was a kid.
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      Shan says:

      We didn’t have anything like this when I was growing up. I think the Internet opened a can of worms NO ONE expected to be unleashed. And, therefore, no one knows how to navigate it or deal with the resulting problems properly.
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    Herve says:

    This issue shouldn’t be taken lightly. Porn addiction is underestimated and can be life-breaking. Like every addiction it changes the chemistry and wiring of the brain, makes us weaker and less in control.

    This is really tragic, but the worlds going crazy. I have heard porn is the number 1 moral hazard for our time. Reason is it’s so pervasive you can’t really avoid stimulation. It’s all over the place. You’re only ever two clicks away from finding new materials, you hear it over the radio (see the latest (disgusting) hit from Flo Rida for instance)

    a very good resource for those who have this problem is on http://www.feedtherightwolf.org/

    Unfortunately I can’t see any way out of this problem. Parental software don’t really work, Internet service provider are accomplice, governments protects the interest of porn companies (see the massive global crackdown on site-sharing sites) not the interest of children.

    Would it be so hard to the phone companies to provide no-MMS kid phone plan for instance?

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