Lucy Appleby|18.09.2013|Feature
Will watching porn turn you into a sex crazed maniac?

Pornography often gets a bad press. David Cameron is battling the evil that is pornography with his proposed porn ban, and yes, protecting very young children from porn is important, but what about us teenagers?

Are we all doomed to turn into “sex-crazed maniacs” wielding whips and running round wearing leather underwear if we see a few naughty images? I generally associate addictions with drugs or alcohol, but can a person become addicted to porn?

Addictions affect your brain and behaviour. Pleasure chemicals, like dopamine, can be released when watching porn, making it fun to watch. However, like drugs some people can get addicted to these highs and end up relying on porn to achieve arousal and climax.

We live in a society full of adverts with sensual voices regularly asking us to take pleasure in the succulent, soft taste of a moist cake, biscuit, or whatever. Exposure to sexual and pornographic media is becoming more frequent for all age groups. But is it damaging to impressionable young people or just an education in the weird and wonderful realm of sex?

Puberty is a hormone-fuelled stage of life. Teens in particular think about sex more than ever, and that is without the influence of porn! There are many reasons for young people to watch porn: pleasure, humour (the “yuck” factor), and even for an education. My experience of sex-ed, watching a sperm wiggle into an egg, did not teach me about the emotions and feelings involved in sex.

Porn is just a form of media that elicits pleasure and excitement. It is a way to release sexual urges, maybe learn and see things they don’t teach you in class, or even enjoy some solo time, if you know what I’m saying.

On the other hand, some suggest that porn is linked to violent or sexual crimes. A report has shown that young males who committed violent crime or sexual crimes are amongst those who regularly view pornography.

I think this is more the exception to the rule, most people aren’t going to commit violent crime if they watch a little bit of porn, and like I said earlier more and more of us are watching pornography—are more and more of us going out committing crimes? Some have even argued that we are living in the most peaceful era in human history.

After all, the porn industry is an industry that appeals to what we, the consumers, want. Rather than porn influencing us, I think porn is shaped by what we want to see. The increased consumption and graphic nature of porn is just a reflection of our society, which is definitely more sexualised. For young people a better education, that incorporates porn, is needed to avoid distorted views of sex.

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