Porned-out college students lacking sexual perspective

Aretha Welch
Editor and Chief

He turns his light out and snuggles under his blanket. The light from his computer screen illuminates the room, making it glow dimly. He settles in to find his release before he drifts off to sleep.

“I watch it to unwind before bed, to find my release,” Kai Roberts, an LPC student, said. “And learn stuff. There are a few educational videos.” He laughed.

The “it” he is referring to is online pornography, which can be accessed all day and without pay on a number of websites. Gone are the days when titty and smut magazines had to be hidden and bought in shame, or stolen from an older sibling. The prevalence of pornographic material online can be discovered with a simple tap of the mouse, a stroke of the space bar and the brush of the cursor over an image. Several  LPC students rattled off a number of their favorites (after some probing).

The top picks were Pornhub, YouPorn and RedTube.

“It’s accessible and widespread,” Roberts said.

But does this newfound accessibility and prevalence affect the way those who are now entering the world of sex-having and love-making view the actual act?

Students and instructors at LPC weighed in and most agreed that the young and impressionable can have their minds impressed upon by  the flood of pornography that lies in wait within their monitor.

“Well for one I think young men are obsessed with anal sex now. They are obsessed with any kind of deviant  sex in general,”  Jessica Nguyen, a second year LPC student, said. “I asked my mom and she said that  (anal sex) was not even an option back in her day. Now I think it’s all over the internet and people assume that’s supposed to be an entrance also. Nguyen said even women are being convinced that porn sex is normal and are pushing themselves to do things that are uncomfortable.

He turns his light out and snuggles under his blanket. The light from his computer screen illuminates the room, making it glow dimly. He settles in to find his release before he drifts off to sleep.

“I watch it to unwind before bed, to find my release,” Kai Roberts, an LPC student, said. “And learn stuff. There are a few educational videos.” He laughed.

The “it” he is referring to is online pornography, which can be accessed all day and without pay on a number of websites.

Gone are the days when titty and smut magazines had to be hidden and bought in shame, or stolen from an older sibling.

The prevalence of pornographic material online can be discovered with a simple tap of the mouse, a stroke of the space bar and the brush of the cursor over an image.

Several  LPC students rattled off a number of their favorites (after some probing). The top picks were Pornhub, YouPorn and RedTube.

“It’s accessible and widespread,” Roberts said.

But does this newfound accessibility and prevalence affect the way those who are now entering the world of sex-having and love-making view the actual act?

Students and instructors at LPC weighed in and most agreed that the young and impressionable can have their minds impressed upon by the flood of pornography that lies in wait within their monitor.

“Well for one I think young men are obsessed with anal sex now. They are obsessed with any kind of deviant  sex in general,”  Jessica Nguyen, a second year LPC student, said.

“I asked my mom and she said that  (anal sex) was not even an option back in her day. Now I think it’s all over the internet and people assume that’s supposed to be an entrance also. ”

Nguyen said even women are being convinced that porn sex is normal and are pushing themselves to do things that are uncomfortable.

“To me, you show a sixteen-year-old that all these older, beautiful women are letting men have them any way they want and she thinks how is she to compete unless she does the same. Her attitude towards her body becomes one of which she thinks it is created for the service of men. To me, that’s the message that the majority of porn sends. Stick your butt up really high, and he’ll love you more, or at least come back for more. ”

While Nguyen is just a student, those who have done some work in the field agree that the way young people view sex can be altered by a high porn diet.

“Most research on pornography shows that viewing does not affect behavior, but it does affect attitude,” Sarah Thompson, LPC sociology instructor and former Human Sexuality teacher, said.

People who watch a lot of porn are also more prone to believe the not-so-believable when it comes to sex.

“Heavy viewers of porn are more likely to think that people have group sex all the time, or that nymphomaniacs are out there,” Thompson said.

Nguyen concurred.

“I’ve noticed that my friends who like porn think the craziest things. I want to shake them and say, that is not how it works, most pizza guys are not gorgeous and hung like an ape.”

She laughed.

Abiola Adegbole, an international student from Nigeria weighed in on the prevalence of porn in America.

“In so many countries internet usage is scarce. Here everyone has it, so they waste it on porn. And the porn is wasting their brain away.”

Adegbole said she does view porn herself but believes too much of it can negatively influence people’s views of sex.

“Sometimes I wonder who comes up with this stuff. The cream pies and double penetration, the gang bangs and sybian riding. I mean I pay attention because sometimes I am either so alarmed or so amused.”

But beyond the funny, excessive porn consumption can also have very serious side effects. Thompson said heavy viewers of pornography are more likely to demonstrate critical views of rape and question the legitimacy of an accusation.

“They’re more likely to say, ‘well she kinda wanted it’” Thompson said.

However not all believe that the effects which porn consumption has on the mind of the young person is bad.

“Porn has made talking about sex less taboo. To me that is not a bad thing. We need to talk about sex in high school, in college, some may even say middle school with the way things are going,” said Matthew Nicoletti, a college student from another East Bay community college.

But Nguyen, believes porn does nothing but spread misinformation about sex.

“I would love to see one porno where the girl gets a yeast infection or the guy gets an STD from having sex with two people he just met without a condom.  Where’s that porno? ”

Like Nguyen, Thompson said porn indeed sends the wrong message about the spread of STDs to the adolescent community.

However she does not solely blame the porn industry or their lack of condom usage in videos.  Thompson said American society sends the wrong message in general.

“We have an STD or STI epidemic for adolescents in the U.S. We are very, very short on factual information. And this is something  other developed nations do not have a problem with. This is our own inefficiency when we talk about sex,” Thompson said.

While the final word is still out at LPC on which exact way the prevalence and easy accessibility of online pornography affects the ways young people view sex,  most agree that the viewing of it  does have some sort of effect.

“As a young male I would have to say you would have to be pretty blind, deaf and somewhat impotent if the viewing of online porn does not affect you in some way,” Kyle Garza, a first semester LPC student said.

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