Drug Rehab 2021 Round 1 – Porn and Dehumanizing Teens in Society

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Porn and Dehumanizing Teens in Society

Porn and Dehumanizing Teens in Society Gabriella Sutherland, February 26th, 2021

Porn can be a great way to explore fantasies and stoke arousal, and plenty of people watch porn with no adverse effect on their lives” – Teen Vogue, January 21, 2021.

The youth, the preteens and the young people of 2021 just read on a teen focused website, that a long talked about addiction is okay and has no effect on their lives. They are being taught that porn is a normal thing. That acting on this viewing of porn does not affect relationships or create unrealistic expectations- that it won’t break up a marriage or essentially ruin any aspect of their lives. This new social norm has created a new addiction crisis within the teens and preteens of the world, focusing on sex and their self-image.

Aside from the porn aspect, social media and its platforms, including Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok, are secretly harboring what we try to teach our children against every day- that their worth is only measured by how many likes they get and how “sexy” or “hot” they are. These youth-focused platforms that they see every day are constantly spewing advertisements drawn towards sexy clothing, famous celebrities on sexual music videos, dating apps and more. Your kids are at school hearing about famous Tik-Tok videos going viral that involve sexual movements, posing, innuendos and jokes. Teens and preteens coming home and getting directly on their phone, making videos, and posting photos with filters that alter faces and add make-up. Your kids then watch in suspense and immediately get saddened if they do not go viral after trying to showcase their body in a sexual way to the world- because it’s “cool.” These posts that do not receive enough “likes” then encourage your child to feel worthless, ugly, and no longer worthy of love and attention. These are the things that go on in an average household now with preteens and teens, and even into adulthood.

This constant need to feel loved by others (a natural and completely normal thing that is important to have a happy and fulfilling life) is being used to the advantage of ad marketers and the porn industry. Most porn addictions begin at a young age and most kids are introduced to it by their peers. Social media and the internet has reached a new age and has been focusing their attention more than ever on our youth of the world. The recovery village states, “Addiction occurs when an individual cannot control their impulse to view porn to the extent that it begins to negatively affect aspects of their life. Often, they end up turning to more hardcore and sometimes illegal content to satisfy their increasing need for stimulating material.” Porn use can lead to numerous issues in relationships and even end marriages, leading to feeling worthless and unaccepted, causing depression, anxiety and more. At its worst, porn and negative views of sex in society can lead to a person being susceptible to being sex trafficked and/or selling their bodies on the streets/over the internet in order to fulfill that need of feeling loved and important.

To end this crisis on porn and the lack of individuality in society, I believe it needs to stop at the core. But how? The porn industry, according to The Recovery Village, racks in about $17 billion dollars each year. On a societal level, porn needs to be more addressed as a negative thing. Society, blogs, websites and social media need to be more transparent about porn and it’s negative effects on people’s lives and relationships. Facts about porn and statistics about negative impacts need to be shared more regularly to combat the positive view that society has spun on it. Ads need to stop focusing on sex because “sex sells”. We need to be more positive and encouraging in our societal circles when we hear that addictions are being tackled. Instead of normalizing sex and porn, we need to be more active in ending the stigma. We need to encourage individuality in every person, putting a special focus on the youth of the future- ensuring that they know they are worthy of all the love, not needing all of society to accept them to feel important and worthy.