How Many Teens Are Exposed to Porn Online?

Just how many kids are being exposed to pornography on the Internet? The statistics gathered over the last decade are very telling:

  1. Two equivalent national telephone surveys of 1500 Internet users, ages 10-17, showed unwanted exposure to Internet pornography increased from 25% in 2000 to 34% in 2005 (Journal of Adolescent Health, pdf, 132kb). Among those surveyed (pdf, 98kb), 87% of intentional seekers of Internet pornography are 14 years of age or older. Children under the age of 14 who have intentionally looked at pornography are more likely to report traditional exposures, such as magazines or movies.
  2. In a 2001 survey of 1,209 individuals ages 15-24, 70% said they accidentally stumbled on pornography online, 23% saying this happened “somewhat” or “very” often. Of those accidentally exposed, 45% said they were upset by the experience (Kaiser Family Foundation, pdf, 1.9mb).
  3. In 2009, a survey of 433 adolescents indicated 55.4% had visited a sexually explicit website at some point (Journal of Adolescent Health, pdf, 320kb).
  4. In 2008, a survey of 563 college students showed that 93% of boys and 62% of girls reported being exposed to online pornography during adolescence (CyberPscyhology and Behavior, pdf, 98kb)
  5. In a recent survey of 16,799 college males, 82% had been exposed to pornography by the age of 14. In same survey of 11,338 college females, 52% said they were exposed to pornography by the age of 14 (Michael Leahy, Porn University).

Research from multiple angles reveals the same conclusions for parents. Unintentional exposure to pornography is on the rise among teens.

  • Posted on: September 8th, 2010
  • By: Luke Gilkerson
  • Under: Pornography

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