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Porn Doesn't Influence Teen Sex ... That Much

Porn Doesn't Influence Teen Sex ... That Much

Nate 'Igor' Smith for LA Weekly

It's widely believed, at least by female comedians and men's magazines throughout the land, that porn has led to a new generation of male swine that thinks sex should be done with lights on and a stack of fresh towels nearby.

Not true, says a new study out of Denmark. Well, not entirely true. Porn has not wholly ruined the next generation when it comes to bedroom manners:

In research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine this month, Gert Martin Hald of the University of Copenhagen looked at 4,600 Dutch people aged 15 to 25.

Nearly 9 out of 10 of the young males and nearly half of the young females watched porn.

Only four percent max were affected in bed by the porn, according to a summary. They were described as "adventurous" and had even exchanged money for sex as a result of their adult video viewing, researchers concluded.

But, at only four percent or less, the freaks twisted by smut represented a "modest" impact, according to the study.

Researcher Hald:

Our data suggest that other factors such as personal dispositions--specifically sexual sensation seeking--rather than consumption of sexually explicit material may play a more important role in a range of sexual behaviors of adolescents and young adults, and that the effects of sexually explicit media on sexual behaviors in reality need to be considered in conjunction with such factors.

Still, we think the impact on young people might be greater closer to the home of porn, Los Angeles. Maybe an American study is in order.

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