Teenagers who watch pornography are more likely to become a sexual predator, research suggests. Cutting their access to sexually explicit content could prevent them from becoming rapists, scientists claim. But despite the easy access to pornography, other methods could also help to cut down on sexual abuse cases. Improving sex education at school and teaching youngsters to respect their future partners could prevent deviant behaviour, experts say. Researchers from the University of Melbourne asked 14 teenagers what could have been made different in their life to have prevented their sexual abusive behaviour.
Reaching for the top shelf too often could lead you to looking down on women. Psychologists have found that too much soft-core pornography may be linked to a lower view of women, and leads to people becoming desensitised to provocative images. The research findings are due to be presented later today at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Forensic Psychology in Brighton. Researchers studied the links between how much someone was exposed to soft-core images of women and their thinking and behaviour towards women. They found that people who were frequently exposed to soft-core images were desensitised to them and were less likely to describe them as'pornographic' than people with lower levels of exposure.
Teenage boys are missing out on real-life adventures – as one in five say their most memorable experience has been during a video game, a survey has found. A poll of youngsters found half were afraid of trying new things, with a quarter saying they prefer spending time indoors over outdoors. The findings come at a time when increasing numbers of very young children are spending long periods of time on iPads, smartphones and computers. Some experts have complained that parents are using electronic devices as'babysitters' – and the latest statistics show this may be having an effect on outdoor play. The survey was published by the National Citizen Service, a government-backed charity which helps youngsters take part in character-building activities in the school holidays.
Most children are exposed to online pornography by their early teenage years, a study warns. About 53% of 11- to 16-year-olds have seen explicit material online, nearly all of whom (94%) had seen it by 14, the Middlesex University study says. The research, commissioned by the NSPCC and the children's commissioner for England, said many teenagers were at risk of becoming desensitised to porn. The government said keeping children safe online was a key priority. The researchers questioned 1,001 children aged 11 to 16 and found 65% of 15- to 16-year-olds reported seeing pornography, as did 28% of 11- to 12-year-olds.
Love's young dream is dying out, according to new research. People born after 1995 are much less interested in dating than the generation before them, a new book has revealed. The first generation to spend their whole adolescence in the presence of smart phones, known as iGen, is replacing social interaction with social media. Love's young dream is dying out, according to new research. Sociology experts class those born in or before 1945 as the Silent Generation.