A Porn Generation? Teens Today

Thanks to the Internet, pornography is easier to access than ever before. You can find pictures of Gang Bangs and Rainbow parties – even if you’re not looking for them. Is that enough to label youth as a generation of porn?

The cover of the book “Kids gone wild” shows a blond girl in a bikini lolling lasciviously on a blanket. In front of her stands a boy with a smartphone in his hand and photographs the posing teenager, who gives the impression that he prefers to drop the covers completely.

  • The message seems clear: youth, like every other youth, is out of touch.
  • Her sense of shame has finally thrown her overboard, and she now either indulges in erotic self-dramatization, consumes porn on the Internet as a hobby, or has regular sex herself, two by two, three by three, depending on the party motto.

The subtitle of the book by American sociologists Joel Best and Kathleen A. Bogle is: “From Rainbow Parties to Sexting, understanding the hype over Teen Sex”. Rainbow parties have nothing to do with spinning bottles, rather they are sex parties at which the girls wear lipstick of different colors and satisfy the boys one after the other orally – hence the rainbow.

A few years ago a book was published in Germany under the title: “When children no longer learn what love is” by Bernd Siggelkow and Wolfgang BĂĽscher. It sells the image of a sexually neglected, porn-obsessed youth who confuses feelings with gang bang and sandwich sex and finds SM porn stimulating.

But if you took a closer look, it soon became clear that the term “Germany’s sexual tragedy” was sharpening the whole thing outrageously. The scene was by no means all of Germany, but only Berlin-Hellersdorf, where the protagonists of the socially active authors in the same quarter lived. In any case, it was not even a rudimentary scientific study revealing something about the sexual understanding of today’s teenagers. However, the book nevertheless had the intended effect: the term “generation porn” persisted.

The Myth of Generation Porn

And everything fits wonderfully into the picture of neglect: the celebrities of the former child star Miley Cyrus (alias Hannah Montana), role model of countless girls whose trademarks are now vulgar stage shows. Pornography has never been so easily and quickly accessible as it is today. You don’t even have to search the net for pornographic sites to get to them, in fact you sometimes come across them by chance while surfing. Anyone who grew up before the Internet and saw a sex notebook in the trash as a teenager probably leafed through it stealthily, which is why nobody should be surprised that teenagers watch porn on the Internet.

  • It would be naive to believe that the porn scripts, which often despise women, would leave the sexual imagination of young people untouched.
  • At the same time, it amounts to a dangerous alarmism to believe that teenagers will adopt what they see unfiltered and unreflected into their repertoire, which is why gang-bang parties are a widespread phenomenon.
  • The porn generation is a myth. In any case, several studies show what is really the case.

Not that the youth is inhibited. But apparently their ability to reflect is much more pronounced than adults often believe. The current study “Jugendsexualität im Internetzeitalter” (Youth Sexuality in the Internet Age) states about the relationship of the interviewed girls to pornography.

A qualitative study on social and sexual relationships among adolescents” by the Federal Centre for Health Education: “In summary, it can be said that young women largely avoid pornographic worlds or leave them on the sidelines. Their contacts with pornography remain isolated and superficial. Their attitude is largely liberal: “They don’t find them ‘bad’ and ‘normal’, only they can’t relate to them themselves.