Generation XXX: Pornography Acceptance and Use Among Emerging Adults (2008)

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Comments: data is from 2007, yet it found that 9 our of 10 university students (individuals aged 18—26) reported using porn. What might the percentage be for young guys today?


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Journal of Adolescent Research January 2008 23: 6-30,

Jason S. Carroll Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, jcarroll@byu.edu. Laura M. Padilla-Walker Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Larry J. Nelson Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Chad D. Olson Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Carolyn McNamara Barry Loyola College in Maryland, Baltimore Stephanie D. Madsen McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland

Abstract

This study examined correlates of pornography acceptance and use within a normative (nonclinical) population of emerging adults (individuals aged 18—26). Participants included 813 university students (500 women; M age = 20 years) recruited from six college sites across the United States. Participants completed online questionnaires regarding their acceptance and use of pornography, as well as their sexual values and activity, substance use, and family formation values.

Results revealed that roughly two thirds (67% ) of young men and one half (49%) of young women agree that viewing pornography is acceptable, whereas nearly 9 out of 10 (87%) young men and nearly one third (31%) of young women reported using pornography.

Results also revealed associations between pornography acceptance and use and emerging adults' risky sexual attitudes and behaviors, substance use patterns, and nonmarital cohabitation values. The discussion considers the implications of pornography use during the transition to adulthood.