Jesse Mulligan: We need to take ownership of what porn’s doing to NZ kids

NewsHub 11 May 2018
OPINION: Psychologists here say we’re in the middle of a porn crisis.

Just last year an Australian study found 100 percent of boys surveyed were exposed to porn, and 85 percent said they viewed it daily or weekly.

In the US, six states are declaring pornography a public health crisis. Even The New York Times is calling on officials to ban it.

But while it’s easy to tell the government they should be doing something, this is one of those issues where actually, it’s what you do that counts.

I want to talk about pornography.

Here’s what clinical psychologist Dr Mark Thorpe, who deals with this stuff all the time, said.

“We are in the middle of a crisis. There is an extreme amount of sexual problems with young men under 25 – and that manifests as erectile dysfunction; delayed ejaculation; diminished libido with real life partners, not screen; and an avoidance of genuine relationships.”

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