Mental Health and Addiction

This fact sheet focuses on what the research tells us about pornography’s impact on mental health, identifying the symptoms of addiction and the importance of seeking support.



From over forty years of research, we know that pornography harms children and young people in numerous ways. The key areas of research include:


  • Poor mental health Sexism and objectification
  • Sexual aggression and violence
  • Child-on-child sexual abuse
  • Shaping sexual behaviors