Porn Use Rates (mostly, but not exclusively adolescents)

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This page collects data on porn use from numerous studies. The first two tables appeared in recent research (references below the tables). The subsequent list is of other studies.

 

FOOTNOTES for tables above:

23 Shek, D.T. and Cheung, B.P. Developmental issues of university students in Hong Kong. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. 2013, 25, 345-351.

24 Green, L.; Brady, D.; Olafsson, K.; Hartley, J. and Lumby, C. . Risks and safety for Australian children on the internet: Full findings from the AU Kids Online survey of 9-16 year olds and their parents. Cultural Science, 2011, 4, 1-73.

25 Lopez, J.R.; Mukaire, P.E. and Mataya, R.H. Characteristics of youth sexual and reproductive health and risky behaviors in two rural provinces of Cambodia. Reproductive health.  2015. 12.

26 Ma, C.M.S. and Shek, D.T.L. Consumption of pornographic materials in early adolescents in Hong Kong. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 2013, 26, S18-S25.

27 Peter, J. and Valkenburg, P.M. The use of sexually explicit internet material and its antecedents: A longitudinal comparison of adolescents and adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2011, 40, 1015-1025.

28 Skakoon-Sparling, S.; Cramer, K.M. and Shuper, P.A. The impact of sexual arousal on sexual risk-taking and decision-making in men and women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2016. Jan;45(1):33-42. doi: 10.1007/s10508-015-0589-y.

29 Stanley, N.; Barter, C.; Wood, M.; Aghtaie, N.; Larkins, C. and Lanau, A. Pornography, Sexual Coercion and Abuse and Sexting in Young People’s Intimate Relationships: A European Study. J Interpers Violence. 2016. March 6. Published online before print March 6, 2016, doi:10.1177/0886260516633204.

30 Kadri, N.; Benjelloun, R.; Kendili, I.; Khoubila, A. and Moussaoui, D. Internet and sexuality in Morocco, from cyber habits to psychopathology. Sexologies 2013, 22, e49-e53.

31 Ševčíková, A. and Daneback, K. Online pornography use in adolescence: Age and gender differences. Eur. J. Dev. Psychol. 2014, 11, 674-686.

32 Hald, G.M.; Kuyper, L.; Adam, P.C. and de Wit, J.B. Does viewing explain doing? Assessing the association between sexually explicit materials use and sexual behaviors in a large sample of Dutch adolescents and young adults. The Journal of Sexual Medicine 2013, 10, 2986-2995.

33 Romito, P. and Beltramini, L. Factors associated with exposure to violent or degrading pornography among high school students. J. Sch. Nurs. 2015, 31, 280-290.

34 Kastbom, A.A.; Sydsjö, G.; Bladh, M.; Priebe, G. and Svedin, C.G. Sexual debut before the age of 14 leads to poorer psychosocial health and risky behaviour in later life. Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics. 2015, 104, 91-100.

35 Svedin, C.G.; Åkerman, I. and Priebe, G. Frequent users of pornography. A population based epidemiological study of Swedish male adolescents. Journal of Adolescence. 2011, 34, 779-788.

36 Weber, M.; Quiring, O. and Daschmann, G. Peers, parents and pornography: Exploring adolescents' exposure to sexually explicit material and its developmental correlates. Sexuality and Culture. 2012, 16, 408-427.

37 Mattebo, M. Use of pornography and its associations with sexual experiences, lifestyles and health among adolescents. Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations, Uppsala University, Uppsala, 2014.


MORE STUDIES WITH RATES OF PORN USE

Study on Australians ages 15-29 found that 100% of the men (82% of women) had viewed porn. Also, 69 percent of males and 23 percent of females first viewed porn at age 13 or younger. In addition this study reported that more frequent pornography viewing correlated with mental health problems.

Excerpt: Nearly 9 out of 10 (87%) young men and nearly one third (31%) of young women reported using pornography.

Excerpt: Males reported more sexual fantasies (84.6%), solitary masturbation (70.3%), and using pornographic videos (86.3%). Note: porn is officially banned in China.

Excerpt: In Denmark 97.8% of males and 79.5% of females watched pornography among 1002 people aged from 18–30 years old.

Excerpt: Average age 13.5: Two-thirds (66%) of males and more than one-third (39%) of females had seen at least one form of sexually explicit media in the past year.

Excerpt: 71% of the male adolescents and 40% of the female adolescents had been exposed to some kind of online sexually explicit material in the 6 months prior to the interview.

Excerpt: Almost all boys, 96% (n = 453), had watched pornography. Frequent users of pornography (everyday) (10%, n = 47) differed from average users (63%, n = 292) and nonfrequent users (27%, n = 126).

Excerpt: Online cross-sectional survey study of 4,600 young people, 15–25 years of age ... found that 88% of men and 45% of women had consumed SEM in the past 12 months.

Excerpt: In the Shaughnessy et al. (2011) study of young Canadians, aged 18 to 28 years, 85.8% of males and 39.3% of females said they had searched Internet for pornography.

Excerpt: Our research indicates that a majority of men (58.7%) use pornography weekly, mostly via the internet. ... We also found an earlier onset of first exposure to pornography compared to prior studies. Previous research (Sabina et al.,2008) found that 14.4%of boys had exposure prior to the age of 13; we found that 48.7%of men in our sample had similar early exposure.

Excerpt: Data from the Second Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR2) were used: computer-assisted telephone interviews (CASIs) completed by a representative sample of 9,963 men and 10,131 women aged 16 to 69 years from all Australian states and territories, with an overall participation rate of 66%. Most men (84%) and half of the women (54%) had ever looked at pornographic material. Three-quarters of these men (76%) and more than one-third of these women (41%) had looked at pornographic material in the past year.