One of the most tragic stories I have read in a while:
Yes, it appears to not be one of those headlines that oversells the reality-
Some 200,000 aged under 16 -- one in 16 who went online -- also accessed an adult website in the same month, while one in five teenage boys under 18 were clicking on porn, the online video regulator said.
One adult site, Pornhub, which allows users unrestricted access to thousands of hardcore porn videos free of charge attracted 112,000 of the teenagers.
And, that's in an island (Great Britain) of 60 million people. You can imagine the numbers for the US for over 300 million. These early exposures are what leads to 'hijacking.' I would be surprised if all but a small percentage of the older children are purposefully accessing porn. There are a lot of hidden links these days.
I have stopped posting comments here with hot links because so many of them end up being (or becoming at a later point), porn links. In fact, I don't even check them, because I am tired of getting 'surprised.' My software blocks some, but not all. I don't need any of it.
These children are being harmed. Some will get hooked, but a vast majority will not. However, this does not mean they are not influenced by it.
How many kids who 'occasionally' peaked into porn will continue to compare their own sexual experiences to the videos they saw in childhood? How many women will wonder about their bodies or their 'performance,' because of watching some of this junk? How many men will also wonder about themselves and their wives?
Couples used to have the freedom to explore and enjoy their sex without the worries and concerns that porn adds to the mind. Just like Adam and Eve, you can't un-ring the bell of knowledge. Once it is gained, it is retained. Experiences follow us for the rest of our lives.
With modern medicine and technology, we sometimes think we can fix anything. Sometimes we can't. The best we can hope for is a way to cope.
These images are not something anyone should want to, or have to, cope with.