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Young Australians’ use of pornography and associations with sexual risk behaviours

REPORT: Young Australians’ Use of Pornography, M. Lim

 Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 6/29/2017

Authors:  Megan S.C.Lim, Paul A.Agius, Elise R. Carrotte, Alyce M. Vella,

Margaret E. Hellard

Pornography use may be a public health concern. The rapid growth of the internet, smartphones and social media among young Australians means
that pornography use is common and the average age at first pornography exposure has declined in recent years. Reports from the early and mid-2000s showed that
rates of lifetime exposure to pornography were 73–93% for adolescent boys and 11–62% for adolescent girls in Australia. Qualitative research indicates that many young Australians believe pornography use is ubiquitous among their peers, despite laws prohibiting people under 18 years of age viewing pornography.

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