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The Educational Dimension of Pornography: Adolescents’ Use of New Media for Sexual Purposes
The Educational Dimension of Pornography: Adolescents’ Use of New Media for Sexual Purposes

Author(s): Anna Ševčíková, Kristian Daneback, Laura E. Simon
Subject(s): Media studies, Behaviorism, ICT Information and Communications Technologies
Published by: Masarykova univerzita
Keywords: youth; sexual explicit material; sex education; internet;
Summary/Abstract: In this chapter, we discuss the role of online pornography use in adolescents’ sexual lives, and its effects on young internet users. The review of research indicates that online pornography may have a multi-faceted function. While the most common definition of pornography stems from its purposeful intention to increase sexual arousal, there is emerging evidence that adolescents deliberately access these materials online not only for sexual arousal but also for sex education. Furthermore, we show how the line between pleasure and sex self-education can be blurred. Thanks to online pornography use, adolescents may learn what sexually excites them and how they respond to various sexual stimuli.

  • Page Range: 33-48
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: English