Pornography linked to mental illness among kids

Published: April 25, 2012

According to a psychotherapy clinic, use of porn features in 26.5 percent of young patients. PHOTO: FILE

LONDON: Online porn is linked to a quarter of mental illnesses among kids, British researchers have claimed.

The figure was revealed as Prime Minister David Cameron Sunday signalled his support for a web clampdown on extreme images.

According to London’s Portman clinic, a National Health Survey (NHS) outpatient psychotherapy clinic, use of porn features in 26.5 percent of young patients. It has risen from less than one per cent in the late 90s, The Sun reported.

A Parliamentary report led by Tory MP Claire Perry has called for a web porn ban on all computers – unless adults “opt in”.

It found up to 27 percent of boys access it weekly.

Cameron told MPs that he had urged internet firms “to look at offering a choice of blocking adult content”.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Sindhi
    Apr 25, 2012 - 12:21PM

    finally europe has understanded the menace of this gimmacke . but what for PTA ?????

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  • Vigilant
    Apr 25, 2012 - 1:15PM

    Liberal Extremists should read this news carefully

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  • khan
    Apr 25, 2012 - 5:59PM

    there was so much outcry by the liberals and seculars of Pakistan that PTA is about to block porn… and is porn more dangerous than terrorism? etc… why are people silent now? is it that aba ji now thinks porn is bad, so it really makes sense that “goras” always do the right thing!!

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  • nomi
    Apr 25, 2012 - 7:06PM

    I don’t think the ‘liberals’ that you have mentioned, are against blocking porn. What ‘liberals’ are saying is that often porn and blasphemy are used as an excuse for blocking internet content while the real motives are oppression. If you give internet blocking facility to civil servants, they will often use it for purposes other than exclusively blocking porn. Internet will become ‘PTV khabernama at 9′. The fear is that initially Army, then Parliament, Executive, Political Parties, Mullahs, and every other tom dick and harry will stand up and start blocking.

    For blocking porn, we can introduce a filtration process in our own PCs – there are tones of ways to do that.

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  • Saad
    Apr 26, 2012 - 5:27AM

    Take any group of a 100 teenagers and way more then 25 of them will be watching porn. This number will be the same for a psychotherapy clinic or even a university. If 25 of the people in the clinic have an ipod does that mean that music leads to mental illness?? And the obvious reason that the rate has increased from the 90s is because of technology.

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