Porn and Relationships

Porn and Relationships

A recent report by one of the UK's leading relationship advice charities Relate, has suggested that the growth of online porn has led to more people worrying about the impact it's having on their relationship.

The University of Plymouth and the UK Safer Internet Centre joined forces to study the issue. More than 900 16 to 24-year-olds chose to take part in that online survey.

The study found more than a third of those interviewed admitted porn had caused problems in their relationship.

Sharon Chapman, from Relate, said that pornography distorted a person's view of what a "normal sex life could and should be like".

"I think it has also made sex more extreme. When you look at a sexual image that is incredibly graphic and exaggerated in terms of sexual performance, it takes away the mystery and the element of experimentation between two people."

Sharon went on to say "I don't think anybody, whatever age, should be doing anything they're not comfortable with."

"It's about pushing the pause button and having the courage to say, 'I don't want to do that yet. I want to think about that."

"If you can't talk to your boyfriend or girlfriend, find someone else to talk to about it."

The survey also found that young people were beginning to watch pornography from young ages, many as young as 11 and 12.

The survey has led professionals to suggest that schools need to be doing more to educate young people. They should be exploring the issue of pornography within sex education lessons to help young people to know what a healthy sexual relationship should look like.

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