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​The Earlier Guys Watch Porn, The More Likely They Desire Power Over Women

Kids these days have a problem completely foreign to older generations: There’s too much damn porn. Sex, everywhere! Gone are the days of sneaking into a friend’s attic and swiping a dog-eared Hustler for an impromptu anatomy lesson, and according to the American Psychological Association, that’s a problem. “We found that the younger a man was when he first viewed pornography, the more likely he was to want power over women,” says study co-author Alyssa Bischmann in a press release, which followed Bischmann’s presentation to the APA at the organisation’s annual conference this week.

Bischmann’s study surveyed 330 undergraduate guys and found that the average scholar saw their first porn at age 13. The researchers also found that men who discovered porn later in life were more likely to pursue the promiscuous playboy lifestyle—Hugh Hefner would have to agree—but men who saw porn earlier in life were more prone to answering questions on masculinity that indicated an inclination to assert themselves over women. The researchers are hopeful that the findings can inform sexual assault prevention efforts, especially in a youth generation with the World Wide Web at their fingertips.

There’s a ton of data on porn viewership but if you have a young son, this research makes one thing clear: Set up those parental controls and, when the time comes, inform him that Pornhub isn’t real life.

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