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Is watching porn bad for your health? We asked 5 experts

The Conversation
09 Jul 2020, 06:38 GMT+10

Let's be honest: during coronavirus lockdown it was hard to resist the allure of internet intimacy. Rates of watching porn skyrocketed in Australia during isolation.

But have you ever wondered what effects consuming adult content can have on your health?

We asked five experts whether watching porn is bad for our health.

Read more: Denied intimacy in 'iso', Aussies go online for adult content - so what's hot in each major city?

Three out of five experts said yes

Their main concerns were about the creation of unrealistic expectations, links with gender-based violence, and the potential for addiction.

But some suggested education can help offset some of these possible harms, and porn can play a positive role for LGBTIQ+ young people.

Here are the experts' detailed responses:

If you have a "yes or no" health question you'd like posed to Five Experts, email your suggestion to: liam.petterson@theconversation.edu.au

This article is supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.

Authors: Liam Petterson - Assistant Editor, Health + Medicine, The Conversation Australia | Andrea Waling - ARC DECRA Research fellow in Sex & Sexuality, La Trobe University | Chris Rissel - Senior Research Fellow, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University | Megan Lim - Head of Young People's Health Research | Meredith Temple-Smith - Professor, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, University of Melbourne | Michael Flood - Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology The Conversation

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