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Published Online: 11 December 2008

The Nature and Dynamics of Internet Pornography Exposure for Youth

Publication: CyberPsychology & Behavior
Volume 11, Issue Number 6


We examined exposure to Internet pornography before the age of 18, as reported by college students (n = 563), via an online survey. Ninety-three percent of boys and 62% of girls were exposed to online pornography during adolescence. Exposure prior to age 13 was relatively uncommon. Boys were more likely to be exposed at an earlier age, to see more images, to see more extreme images (e.g., rape, child pornography), and to view pornography more often, while girls reported more involuntary exposure. If participants in this study are typical of young people, exposure to pornography on the Internet can be described as a normative experience, and more study of its impact is clearly warranted.

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cover image CyberPsychology & Behavior
CyberPsychology & Behavior
Volume 11Issue Number 6December 2008
Pages: 691 - 693
PubMed: 18771400


Published online: 11 December 2008
Published in print: December 2008
Published ahead of print: 4 September 2008


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Chiara Sabina
Penn State Harrisburg, Middletown, Pennsylvania.
Janis Wolak
Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire.
David Finkelhor
Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire.

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