Impact of Porn on Family and Children

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Researches indicate that pornography consumption could have the following six effects (among others) on families and married people:

  1. Increased marital distress, and risk of separation and divorce,
  2. Decreased marital intimacy and sexual satisfaction,
  3. Infidelity
  4. Increased appetite for more graphic types of pornography and sexual activity associated with abusive, illegal or unsafe practices,
  5. Devaluation of monogamy, marriage and child rearing,
  6. An increasing number of people struggling with compulsive and addictive sexual behaviour.[1]

When a child lives in a home where an adult is consuming pornography, he or she encounters the following four risks: 

  1. Decreased parental time and attention
  2. Increased risk of encountering pornographic material
  3. Increased risk of parental separation and divorce and
  4. Increased risk of parental job loss and financial strain

 

When a child or adolescent is directly exposed the following effects have been documented: 

  1. Lasting negative or traumatic emotional responses,
  2. Earlier onset of first sexual intercourse, thereby increasing the risk of STD’s over the lifespan,
  3. The belief that superior sexual satisfaction is attainable without having affection for one’s partner, thereby reinforcing the commoditization of sex and the objectification of humans.
  4. The belief that being married or having a family are unattractive prospects;
  5. Increased risk for developing sexual compulsions and addictive behaviour,
  6. Increased risk of exposure to incorrect information about human sexuality long before a minor is able to contextualize this information in ways an adult brain could, and,
  7. Overestimating the prevalence of less common practices (e.g., group sex, bestiality, or sadomasochistic activity).

[1] Jill Manning, Pornography’s Impact on Marriage & The Family. 9 November 2005.  [Available at http://www.heritage.org/research/testimony/pornographys-impact-on-marriage-amp-the-family accessed on 4 October 2014].

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