Sexual material has minor influence on youth behaviour
In a study entitled ‘Does viewing explain doing?’, Dutch researchers surveyed 4600 males and females aged 15 to 25 years.
They found a direct association between seeing explicit material on the internet, videos or in magazines and some behaviours, including seeking adventurous or paid sex. But such exposure accounted for only 0.3–4% of differences in behaviour when other factors, such as relationships, were taken into account.
Personal disposition, such as sexual ‘sensation-seeking&rsquo