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  • People don't know reality.

    Porn allows people to live in an alternate reality. They believe that all women look that way. They believe that women should look a certain way or allow men to do certain things to women. Ultimately, porn makes certain behaviors seem healthy and normal, when they are anything but healthy and normal.

  • Addictive, Destroys Relationships

    Studies have shown that Pornography addicts like any other drug... Even more so, in fact. Every look only makes it harder to quit, and many don't; it's not just a choice, it's tied in with powerful chemicals in the brain. What's further, there is story after story of pornography destroying marriages. A man will get married, thinking that his wife will somehow "save" him from his addiction, when in fact just the opposite happens. Men become reclusive, rejecting their wives for the pursuit of the ever-downward-spiraling addiction. Ultimately, it distorts reality, damaging not just the man's thinking processes but his interactions with the world, and ultimately those around him. He is trapped in a never-ending cycle of sin that leads to a never-satisfied consuming lust.

  • It ruins Reality and Relationships

    Yes, it is. Like the first comment says, they begin to view women that way. It ruins relationships because a lot of the time, it's secretive. When their spouse finds out, it has a damaging effect. Also, if children get their hands on it, it is very destructive and can change their life for the worse.

  • Porn leads to men and women getting the wrong idea about sex and relationships.

    I am not against people watching porn, but I find that people who do watch porn tend to have an odd idea that sex is the most important part of a relationship and reflect the way people in said porn act. They may act more macho around the sex of their liking or something like that. I wouldn't go as far as calling it a hazard because I feel that demonizes people who watch it, but it definitely doesn't make for healthy social functioning. Porn-viewers, to me, have odd approaches to life, they treat women (and men) differently, usually the way they are treated in the porn they watch. This can be very dangerous to their social health as they seek physical comfort and cast away the concept of emotional comfort. Is it a public health hazard? I wouldn't go that far, but it really doesn't make for a healthy person.

  • It over emphasizes sex and objectifies everyone.

    1. The content on porn websites show a false reality where people are always being put in sexual situations, wanting to have sex, and looking at themselves and others as sexual objects instead of human beings.
    2. Porn sites allow users to upload content. This allows for voyerism and even under age kids to be exploited. The vetting is pretty poor and it wouldn't be hard for someone to forge credentials.
    3. It promotes unsafe sex. Many of the main stream sites show men having sex without condoms. That is unsafe and a bad example.
    4. You don't know who benefits. Are the people who own these sites legit or are they part of any criminal elements?
    5. It's nothing more than legal prostitution. Being paid to have sex on camera is somehow more legit than being paid to have sex with someone in a hotel room? No it isn't.
    6. They sell products that try to make your penis bigger. Medically this is ridiculous. You have the penis you have. Deal with it. If you're wife doesn't like it, she needs to deal with it or get out. You shouldn't alter your body with substances that can have unintended side effects just because you think your penis is too small.
    7. It's too easy for kids to get to them. All a kid has to do is say "yes I'm 18" when asked on the site and the website is completely free to show them anything on the site. This is dangers and negligent in my view. They do not care about exposing kids to porn. They only care about not being prosecuted for exposing kids to porn. This leads to point 8.
    8. You may not think so but porn is addictive to some people. If a kid can say "yes I'm 18" and potentially become addicted to something which may ruin future relationships and cause long lasting damage to their future, we must ask ourselves is it really worth that risk? I do not think so. If it were cigarettes or alcohol you have to show an ID in person and both you and anyone who may sell you the substance could face stiff criminal and other penalties if you lie about your age. Porn sites don't have to worry about that. It's not worth the risk.

  • No, but there are some concerns

    I don't believe porn is hazardous to public health, it can lead to people trying more obscure sex acts (which isn't necessarily bad) and can lead to unhealthy expectations but that in itself does not make it a public health concern. That is something that should be fixed through educating teenagers about porn through sex ed and teaching people about how much of pornographic acts are real and healthy. The solution is not to put on software that prevents teenagers from watching it.

  • Porn is like anything else.

    There have been some studies and evidence that excessive masturbation and use of pornography can lead to impotence, but this requires extensive and constant use (like daily or twice daily porn viewing). Of course there is a health hazard with it, just like there is a health hazard with eating lots of pizza or viewing too much TV. Everything in moderation.

  • No, porn is not a public health hazard.

    There is no evidence that I know of to link porn to poor health. There are pros and cons to porn.Whether porn is good or bad is a judgement made by the individual or society according to their values but even if you hate it,it is not similar to smoking, obesity and poor diet. Airline travel, unprotected sex and large gatherings e.G football matches and church services probably are more detrimental to public health.

  • No, porn is not a public health hazard.

    No, porn is not a public health hazard. Adult materials should be allowed to be viewed by individuals who would like to view them. If parents are concerned that their children may access these materials, they can choose to purchase internet filtering programs that can prevent their kids from viewing pornography.

  • It isn't always

    While pornography is a subject that few people are willing to openly speak about, you would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't watched it in their time. Of course, too much can be damanging, and it is good to educate younger people that what they see isn't always true to life. However, porn isn't necessarily harmful by itself.

  • No, porn is not a public health hazard.

    No, porn is not a public health hazard. Adult materials should be allowed to be viewed by individuals who would like to view them. If parents are concerned that their children may access these materials, they can choose to purchase internet filtering programs that can prevent their kids from viewing pornography.

  • To call porn a public health hazard is ridiculous.

    Porn cannot be referred to as a public health hazard. It is an element of culture that has existed in some form ever since the invention of media, and has recently gained massive popularity because of the introduction of the Internet into our society. It is a controversial form of entertainment which many likely disagree with, but it has no relation whatsoever to public health. That being said, the existence and widespread nature of porn introduces the risk that children who are too young to understand it or handle it maturely could have their future understanding of sex corrupted in some way. However, I believe that this risk is not caused so much by porn as it is by the very nature of the Internet itself. Anyone can post anything on the Internet, with any intent. Thus, it is the responsibility of the parents to regulate what their child sees and absorbs from the Internet. All in all, whether we like it or not, porn is an element of our culture. Although some may be offended by it, and there are some who would be better off staying away from it, it has no direct affect on public health, any more than any other form of media.

  • I just realized I haven't voted yet.

    1. All art is a false reality.

    2. Yes, it wasn't hard for me to get alcohol at 14 and I wish my parents understood and addressed that.

    3. Unsafe sex promotes marriage and or safe sex.

    4. We have law enforcement to hash that out.

    5. Yes, the oldest profession still exists. The going rate for sex in the U.S. is around 3 dinners.

    6. Agreed, that's an issue with false advertising not porn.

    7. Yes, the used to have discovery, channel magazines, books or they would look every girl up and down likely making her uncomfortable. Now they look at professionals have consented to being observed in a sexual way.

    8 When you hit puberty you are a sexual being and will persue it regardless of any laws. For instance it's illegal for two people under the age of 18 to consent to having sex with each other. How has that worked out?

  • It is unhealthy but calling it a hazard is being a drama queen

    Studies suggest that watching porn reduces cognitive capabilities but only a little. And that makes sense since porn usually has no plot and so is not typically mentally stimulating. Still that doesn't make it much worse than alcohol or cheap reality television. If you watch it in moderation you'll probably be fine (not that you wouldn't still be better off without it).


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