The Internet and Sex: You Want to Do What?


There’s a lot of talk on the Boundless Line, both in the posts and the comments, about just how many people — including Christians — have been exposed to pornography in the age of the Internet. While coming up with an exact percentage is next to impossible, it’s probably safe to say that modern men who haven’t been exposed to porn are definitely in the minority. Women, too, are acknowledging that keeping their eyes pure is harder than ever these days.

In the responses to Ted’s recent post on the topic, many commenters had a sobering message for single readers of both sexes: If you are looking for a potential mate who has never, ever looked at pornography, you will likely have a very small pool of candidates to choose from.

Discouraging as that sounds, there is another aspect of porn’s ubiquity that is equally disturbing: Let’s call it the Porn-Star-Sex Syndrome.

Not only are young (and not-so-young) people viewing more pornography than ever, what they are seeing has warped their perceptions about “normal” or even typical sexual activity. According to one article, which I will not link to, there is now an entire generation that thinks sex routinely consists of multiple postion changes, degrading behavior and a host of physical acts so explicit and un-typical that I dare not repeat them. Just as troubling as the thought that many young men now expect such acts is the apparent related surge in number of young women willing to go along.

While Christian singles hopefully do better when it comes to abstaining from sex before marriage, have they, too, unwittingly set themselves up for disappointment when their wedding night doesn’t play out like the X-rated scenes they’ve witnessed online?


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Thomas Jeffries

Thomas Jeffries is a journalist, editor and recreational basketball player. He was born on the east coast, grew up in the Midwest and now resides with his wife and kids in Colorado. Thomas has written for several magazines, newspapers and websites, but his greatest passion as a writer is long-form narrative nonfiction. His journalistic adventures have taken him from Washington, D.C., to inner-city Chicago to Florida’s death row. In his spare time, Thomas does a lot of mundane things — none of them worth describing in detail.

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