Most teenagers say they viewed porn by age 13, survey finds | U.S. News

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Nearly three out of every four teenagers have viewed pornography at some point in their lives, with more than half first seeing sexually explicit material by age 13, according to a new study. 

Common Sense Media, which describes itself as “the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century,” released a report Tuesday titled “Teens and Pornography.”

The report is based on responses to an online survey of 1,358 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17. The survey was conducted by Benenson Strategy Group from Sep. 12–21, 2022.

Most of those surveyed (54%) said they had first seen pornography online at age 13 or younger.

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Fifteen percent reported first viewing pornography online at age 10 or younger, while 73% of teens overall admitted to viewing porn at some point during their teenage years.

Within the sample surveyed, a plurality of teens first saw pornography between the ages of 11 and 13 (39%), while smaller shares first viewed porn between the ages of 14 and 15 (17%) and 16 and 17 (3%).

“Engaging with pornography has been a part of many teens’ exploration of sex, but the unfettered access to pornographic content online has stoked concern, leaving parents wondering how to approach the topic with their kids,” Common Sense Media Founder and CEO James Steyer said in a statement Tuesday. 

“But this research confirms that it’s time for parents to have conversations with teens about pornography, the same way we talk about safe sex and drug use, to help them build better knowledge and healthier attitudes about sex.”

The survey also asked teens whether they viewed pornography intentionally or accidentally. Fifteen percent of respondents came across online pornography “on purpose,” suggesting they sought out the material, while 29% said they viewed it “accidentally.”

Another 29% consumed pornography both “on purpose” and “accidentally.”

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Most teenagers say they viewed porn by age 13, survey finds | U.S. News

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