Digital Desire: 1 In 3 Young Adults Admit Sexual Tastes Affected By Porn

LONDON — No matter how you personally feel about porn, there’s no denying it is a multi-million dollar industry and wildly popular. Moreover, it certainly isn’t hard to find, and unlike in decades past, there is no shortage of free fare to check out if one has a mind to indulge in such temptations. It doesn’t take a genius to surmise that all that digital pleasure may be having some type of effect on the millions of daily porn viewers, and now a new survey has effectively confirmed those suspicions.

In all, 1,000 British 18-24 year olds were polled, and one in three said that watching porn has influenced what they find attractive in a sexual partner.

The survey, commissioned by Durex, also came to an additional, rather unsettling, finding: Another one in three respondents said they were “surprised” by what real sex was like after having watched porn for so long before actually doing the deed in person. Talk about unrealistic expectations. Furthermore, 25% flat out said real sex wasn’t as enjoyable as they were expecting.

With Valentine’s Day here, a great number of couples will likely be hitting the sheets in celebration. Sometimes, though, the expectation of sex can lead to lots of stress; four in 10 respondents said they feel more pressure to have sex on February 14th.

In the world of porn, it seems everyone is a sexual expert or Don Juan, so it makes sense that 45% of surveyed young adults feel very embarrassed if they don’t know how to perform a certain sexual act, or don’t even know what their partner wants.

Interestingly, the survey also found that more than half of respondents feel modern sexual education in schools is very outdated, and 33% went so far as to say it didn’t help them navigate modern sexual practices at all.

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Here’s a positive finding: six in 10 always use some type of protection during sexual activity. However, that being said, 60% also admitted they usually worry more abut financial matters than STDs.

In all, 85% feel comfortable openly discussing sex with their partner, and 33% are willing to discuss their number of past lovers with a current love interest. Meanwhile, 10% prefer to keep their true number a secret as they fear it will considered too high.

Of course, sometimes many feel the need to “fake” it in bed. In order to appease their partner, 64% have pretended to enjoy sex more than they really did.

The survey was conducted by OnePoll.

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