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T he D angers of T echnology

It is now estimated that the average age of first exposure to h
­ ard-­core
pornography for boys is ten or eleven years old.

The pornography available on the Internet has evolved rapidly
toward more extreme, intense, and deviant sexual acts filmed in

A significant percentage, perhaps a majority, of teenage boys spend
a significant amount of time daily looking at and masturbating to
Internet pornography.

Pornography is thought to be a major ­contributor—­along with compulsive Internet ­gaming—­to the growing academic problems of boys,
who now perform worse than girls on average in schools from kindergarten through graduate school (e.g., boys are 30 percent more likely
to drop out or flunk out of high school, five times more likely to have
ADHD, and twice as likely to need special education).

Pornography addiction8 is increasingly recognized as widespread and
destructive, especially to boys and young men, and as contributing
to such conditions as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, social
anxiety, and depression.

Some girls might be tempted to view pornography repeatedly, but
almost are all affected indirectly by the social pressures pornography
creates for them to try to conform their appearances, bodies, and
behavior to the sexualized “ideal” of the porn star.
Most secular ­sex-­education books and experts take a neutral and permissive stance toward pornography. This is what we might expect, given
that almost all of the secular s­ex-­education experts and writers are members of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and
Therapists. AASECT recommends that its members “not unduly pathologize consensual sexual behaviors” (like pornography use). Their practical (really a moral) guideline is that anything consensual is okay, even for
adolescents; after all, their mission includes “the rigorous protection of
sexual rights . . . related to consensual sexual urges, thoughts or behaviors.”9
Professional educators who follow the advice of this organization are likely
to think of pornography as “no big deal,” a legitimate form of entertainment and education.
Christians have a different vision of our sexual rights and those of our
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