Porn Common in College Dorms

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Porn Common in College Dorms


Byline: Cheryl Wetzstein, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

If there's one thing about college that shouldn't be surprising, it is that vast numbers of students have pornography in their living quarters and on their computers.

Why not? Higher education intends to stretch minds, so censorship is to be avoided at all costs. And it's not as if young people haven't seen pornography before - surveys show that many U.S. children first encounter adult sex materials online while they are young, i.e., in elementary school.

But spending years in a pornography-friendly environment doesn't benefit career-minded students, says Michael Leahy, a recovering sex addict and author of Porn Exposing the Office's #1 Addiction.

Easy access to a high-speed, wireless Internet that (usually) is unregulated, uncensored and unmonitored is the antithesis of what you find in a typical business environment, he writes.

College students are going to get a real shock treatment when they go to work for employers who have a zero-tolerance policy on porn, Mr. Leahy told me. What's going to happen when these two worlds collide?

Having escaped a 30-year pornography habit, Mr. Leahy founded www.bravehearts.net in 2002 to sound the alarm about the encroachment of adult materials in American life.

Between 2006 and 2008, he gathered responses from some 26,000 college students and 2,000 college staff who took an online survey about their sexual views and behaviors.

He found that 64 percent of males regularly viewed online pornography, as did 18 percent of females.

He also found that a significant minority of respondents (26 percent of men and 18 percent of women) were already struggling to stop their sexual behavior, even when they knew it was inappropriate.

Some of these troubled men and women will join the estimated 6 percent to 8 percent of the population considered to be full-blown sex addicts, Mr. Leahy said. However, a more common scenario will be that men and women will try to hide their pornography habits, both at home and at work. …

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