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In College, Porn's No Biggie

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A new study finds porn is more acceptable to college students.

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USA Today reports that college students, including young women, are far more accepting of pornography than their parents, a shift that might be related to easy access to porn on the Internet.

Jason Carroll, a social sciences researcher at Brigham Young University, and his colleagues studied 813 college students from six schools across the country. The students went online and answered questions about their views on pornography.

Here are some of their findings:

• 66% of young men and 49% of young women surveyed said viewing X-rated material was an acceptable way to express sexuality. (Only 37% of the fathers and 20% of the mothers surveyed agreed.)

• 86% of young men and 31% of young women surveyed reported that they viewed pornographic material in the past year.

• One in five young men said they viewed pornographic material every day or nearly every day.
Only 3.2% of young women said they saw such material weekly or daily.

Mom•Logic Editor-in-Chief Sabrina Weill is quoted in the USA Today piece, explaining that children and teenagers are regularly bombarded with X-rated and suggestive images that imply that casual hook-ups are the norm. "It's really important for mothers to have a frank conversation with their kids," she says, because children who can talk openly to their parents are more likely to go on to make wise decisions in college.


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