Arch Sex Behav. 2007 Aug;36(4):588-98.
Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
This study examined the prevalence of online pornography viewing and its psychosocial correlates among a sample of young Chinese men in Hong Kong. A total of 229 participants completed a questionnaire designed to measure their online pornography viewing, peer and parental influences, openness to experience, and various types of sex-related attitudes. Results showed that online pornography viewing was common and was strongly associated with peer influence and susceptibility to peer pressure. Moreover, participants who reported to have more online pornography viewing were found to score higher on measures of premarital sexual permissiveness and proclivities toward sexual harassment. Conceptual and applied implications of these findings are discussed.
This study indicated that exposure to sexually explicit material increased the likelihood that adolescents will accept and engage in sexually permissive behaviors. These findings are further supported by Braun-Courville and Rojas (2009), Brown and L’Engle (2009), Lam and Chan (2007), and Peter and Valkenberg (2006a, 2007, 2008b).