Teenagers Are Largest Group of Internet Porn Viewers
By : Jonathon Swinton
Source : The Richfield Reaper
Most people struggling with pornography addictions later in life were first exposed when they were 10-13 years of age, and the addictions set quickly. Sadly, 12-17-year-old teens are the largest group of Internet pornography viewers in America. This is the time in a child’s life that parents should be extremely careful. Unlimited access to the Internet is setting teens up for failure because their brains have not sufficiently developed as needed to control the impulses and sexual urges that will lead them too easily to experimentation with pornography.
We need to take a very proactive approach to prevention. As smartphones have become more affordable, and use has become more mainstream, teens have access to pornography through their smartphones at levels we have never seen. Smartphones are the primary source that teens utilize to view pornography.
While owning a smartphone may be the norm for most teens these days, that doesn’t mean it is a good idea. Technology has progressed faster than society has figured out how to deal with the collateral damage such as pornography addictions. Parents should think twice before giving a teenager a smartphone. Flip phones are always available through phone carriers and they can still make calls and send texts. They may not be cool, but they are safer. Having the smartphone next to their bed or in their pocket is like handing a toddler a chocolate bar and telling them not to eat it. They just don’t have the capacity to manage it. We need to help them stay out of their own way.