The Average Age a Child First Sees Pornography is Shockingly Younger Than You’d Think
If you had to guess the average age a child first sees pornography what would you guess? According to Culture Reframed, a health promotion dedicated to solving the pornography addiction crisis, the average age a child sees porn for the first time is eleven. Furthermore, 94% of all children will see porn by the time they hit their fourteenth birthday.
These statistics are staggering and troubling to most. But the startling numbers do not stop there.
David Paisley, a twenty-nine-year-old former porn addict, stated he was 11 or 12 when he saw porn for the first time.
“I might have snuck pictures from a catalog before, but when the internet came … then I could get anything I wanted. It got really bad in high school, it was a free-for-all,” he said.
Paisley continued, detailing his battle with porn.
“When I got my first laptop, my mom would wonder why I was so tired. I would stay up 3 to 4 a.m. viewing pornography, get a few hours of sleep, go to school, come home and watch more porn through the night,” he said. “At that age, you’re so overstimulated by it that you don’t know what to do with it. It’s not something you’ve experienced before. The only way I can think about it is an addiction, desperate for that fix; when I should have been out developing skills, playing sports, reading books, I was absorbed in pornography for hours and hours, days at a time.”
Jared Brock, a documentary filmmaker, stated he was exposed to porn for the first time when he was only ten years old.
Lindsay Elizabeth. 4/04/2018. “The Average Age a Child First Sees Pornography is Shockingly Younger Than You’d Think.”
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