Is free pornography destroying our brains?

3News 5 October 2015
Schoolkids today are watching porn like never before. It’s free, it’s instant and it’s having a devastating effect.

3D has spoken to porn users and porn addicts, as well as a sex educator and a top international scientist who say this new type of porn can actually alter our brains.

The vast majority of teenage boys are into it, as well as a surprising number of girls. If it were cocaine and children we were talking about, we’d be shouting about it from the rooftops. But porn is embarrassing and no one wants to talk about it.

Research suggests the average age New Zealand children are exposed to internet porn is 10. Looking at pornography can become a daily habit for users, and what they see on the screen is what they want in the bedroom.

For 19-year-old Adam [not his real name] the past few years have been a wipe-out.

“I was just completely unmotivated for anything, depressed, barely could find a reason to get up in the morning,” he says.

“I basically didn’t care what I was doing in school at the time. I didn’t care if I was failing or succeeding. The teachers were worried, but they eventually, I think, kind of gave up on me.”

Adam started watching internet porn when he was 12.


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