Newstalk survey sheds light on Irish porn habits

#Pornweek will see sex therapists and health experts on air

Newstalk survey sheds light on Irish porn habits

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A new survey has found 67% of Irish people claim to have ever consumed porn.

Of 1,000 people surveyed in a Newstalk commissioned RED C poll, 35% have watched hard core porn.

The survey also found that 8% have shared naked pictures or pictures of their private parts, 45% have read or watched erotic books or movies and 56% have looked at pictures of people in the nude.

The average age that people claim to have first consumed porn is 17-years-old, but one-in-three say their first experience was before turning 16.

Last year, Taoiseach Enda Kenny called for a national debate on pornography - saying some young minds were being "tainted and even corrupted" by it.

Newstalk are dedicating this week to finding out how porn is affecting the lives of the nation, from Monday 20th March at 7.00am as part of #pornweek.

The Red C survey also found homemakers were the least likely to admit to consuming any kind of porn.

Almost one in 10 adults claim to currently consume porn at least weekly, while 14% claim to consume monthly.

Those currently admitting that they consuming porn alone at least monthly are more likely to be men, in younger age groups and single.

The majority of adults 18+ (72%) believe that porn does give false expectations in sexual relationships, with women (75%) and those in younger age groups most likely to feel this way.

Three in five (60%) are worried about children sending or receiving explicit photos, rising to 69% among all those with dependent children 16 or under.

Experts say that porn can be a healthy part of sex, so over the next week, Newstalk will be thrashing out the role of porn in modern Ireland, our attitudes and experiences of porn, and the differences in attitudes to porn between various age groups.