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I know how to fix this. Put all kids under the age of 15 on 56kb dial-up again.
Fuck, I had internet access at 12, but didn't bother looking at porn due to the 5 weeks it took to open one picture.
I like how they had to do a study to find out that most 16 year olds watch porn. I wonder how much money went into finding that oh-so-shocking discovery. Another stunning victory for science.
I also like the ridiculous assumption that you can conflate watching porn on a regular basis and being addicted to porn. Just because you do something on a regular basis doesn't mean you're addicted. And what's this nonsense about porn damaging teenagers' abilities to "maintain normal relationships?" If you have an addictive personality and you spend six hours every day whacking off instead of spending time with your partner then yes, that's going to be a problem, but how many people actually do that? Not many.
The article talks about how one quarter of kids being treated at a single, albeit large, mental health facility are in for porn addiction. These are people who are here for their addictive personalities, and it doesn't even tell you how many people that actually comes out to be. I mean, it's ridiculous for an article to take something like that and attempt to pass it off as a legitimate insightful statistic about anything, but I suppose that's just journalism, so I digress.
As far as the sexting thing goes, I suppose it's not the greatest thing in the world, but I definitely don't think it's the horrible atrocity that all of these alarmist groups are attempting to make it out as. Kids are horny, and they're not horny because of porn or anything that society has done. They're horny because they've gone through (or are going through) puberty. That is the definition of puberty. It's the time when your body changes so that you can be sexually matured, or in other words, it's the time when you start getting horny. In consequence, they want to see each other naked, but that's not socially acceptable, so they just send each other pictures. Now, it obviously has social ramifications when the person to whom you send the picture sends it to everyone else, but that doesn't have to do with porn or sex at all. That's just kids being impulsive and lacking foresight.
What's actually going on here is that culture is changing. Sexuality used to be repressed, and now that's ceasing to be the case, but people don't like change. Every time cultural norms shift, people decry it as a sign that our society is rotting, and they've been doing so for millenniums. But the thing is that we're still here, and just because something isn't the norm that you grew up with doesn't it it's the downfall of civilized society.
tl;dr: Culture changes, get used to it, and go whack off.
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