A study, titled, “Are Pornography and Marriage Substitutes for Young Men?” which was conducted by economics and finance professor Dr. Michael Malcolm of the University of West Chester, Pennsylvania, and George Naufal of Timberlake Consultants, found that smut has become a replacement for marriage for many of the 18 to 35 year old males who use it, the Christian Post reported.

In 2010, the Witherspoon Institute
released “The Social Costs of Pornography: A Statement of Findings
and Recommendations,” the first multifaceted, multidisciplinary, scholarly review of contemporary pornography since the advent of the Internet. The report’s findings conclude that pornography, especially via the Internet, harms children, women, and men and fuels pornography addiction, the breakdown of marriage, and sex trafficking. Other
peer–reviewed studies have reached similar conclusions.
  
    Donna Hughes wrote an article titled The Internet Pornography Pandemic, The Largest Unregulated Social Experiment in Human History.  In it she wrote:

This toxic material directly impacts our children’s health and mental, emotional, and sexual development. “The impact of Internet pornography on adolescents, including compulsive, addictive, and even criminal behavior, is a global trend not isolated to any particular culture or region.” It has become one of the greatest global threats to children, marriages, families, and nations. No one is immune...

According to family therapist Dr. Jill Manning, “With the Internet,
the protective barrier between the sex industry and youth dissolved and
the home, historically considered a safe haven, has been the very place
where the sex industry is grooming our youth.”6  And now, with mobile
Internet access via smart phones and other portable devices, “nearly
a third of teens carry portable x–rated theaters in their pockets.”
...
Exposing minors to pornography is child sex abuse. As Internet pornography
has proliferated, clinicians, psychologists, and law enforcement
officials have noted an increase in the number of children seeking
clinical help for issues relating to sexual exploitation, the number
of children “acting out” sexually, the number of incidences of child–
on–child sex attacks, and the number of incidences of child–produced
child pornography. There is a growing body of peer–reviewed research
supporting the unequivocal harm to youth from exposure to Internet
pornography...

According to Courtney, age 18, “It does make them curious,
just like a little girl when she watched Cinderella, you know,
she wants to be just like her, and kids that watch porn, they want
to be just like them. . . .We would watch it together . . . and then
the guys did expect me to act out like that. But it destroyed our
lives, our respect for ourselves and our relationships.”

Justin, age 16, shared, “I just wanted to do what they did in the
porn. I didn’t even care about the relationship anymore. I just wanted
to have sex with as many girls as I could. . . . Girls in real life don’t
act like the girls in porno. . . . When you get with them, and they don’t
act like [porn stars]. . . . It makes you feel kind of unmanly. . . . It’s
disappointing.”

Current research suggest that exposure to pornography can prompt
kids to act out sexually against younger, smaller, and more vulnerable
children.56
Kids themselves are engaging in risky behaviors and perpetuating
the cycle of child sexual abuse. To make matters worse, a new genre of
extreme pornography, termed ‘gonzo’ depicts beating and other forms
of violence as part of the sex act.
Children as young as 5 are imitating sex acts at school because
they are being allowed to stay up late and watch pornography,
a senior MP has warned. . . .57
Courts have seen the number of sex offense cases involving
juvenile offenders rise dramatically in recent years…and
treatment professionals say the offenders are getting younger
and the crimes more violent. . . . Experts say certain trends
emerge among the cases of children charged with sex crimes against other children. Many estimates range from 40% to
80% were molested themselves. And 42% have been exposed
to hardcore pornography, the Office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention, an arm of the U.S. Department of
Justice, said in a 2001 report.58

According to Ernie Allen, President of the International Center for
Missing and Exploited Children,
Today, Internet sites market and advertise children and adults
for sex, and consumers shop from the privacy of their homes
or hotel rooms. And these sites are largely granted immunity
by our laws. For the traffickers this is easy, low risk, and
enormously profitable because of huge consumer demand.
And the customers do not match society’s stereotype. They
don’t look like criminals. They are doctors, lawyers, business
executives, teachers, coaches. And they are rarely treated like
criminals by prosecutors. We have to hold them accountable
and attack the demand for sex with children. And we have
to address the fact that the infrastructure for this insidious
business is the Internet.59

The sad reality is that Internet pornography, particularly that
of an extreme, deviant and violent nature, fuels the demand for sex
slaves.

In 2006, worldwide revenue from pornography was $97 billion, more than Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Apple, and Netflix combined.17 The Internet has become the leading platform for distributing all types of pornography.

Time Magazine (1/04) reported that two thirds of attorneys attending a 2003 meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers said that the Internet now played a "significant" role in causing divorces, with excessive interest in online porn the culprit in over half of those cases.

Easy access to pornography has increased sexual attacks of teenagers on children and children on other children.

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