Irish women are above the global average for watching porn, according to the world’s largest porn site, Pornhub.
Irish women exceed the global use of the site by females. While 23pc of users globally are women, 25pc of women in Ireland use the site.
Women use porn for different reasons than men, said leading sexual health lecturer from DCU.
Pornhub, have released statistics which show that Irish women seem to enjoy their own company and mostly search for the ‘Lesbian’ category on the site.
“Women have needs, their emotions are different, so naturally they are going to engage with watching porn differently than men” said lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Dr. Denise Proudfoot.
“I myself watch anything, I’ve gone on it many times and I often discuss watching porn with my female friends. We all do it” said 23-year-old student, Sandy.
The 18-24 age group account for 31pc of Irish viewers and its women who actually spend longer time viewing porn than men.
On average women spend almost one minute, 48 seconds longer browsing and viewing the content of the site.
Porn over Love
A YouTube video ‘what is love’ received just under three thousand views.
Whereas, a video called ‘straight girls explain: Liking Lesbian Porn’ received 115, 983 views.
Dr. Proudfoot said she wasn’t at all surprised by this figure and said that the porn culture in which we live has caused “a broadening of curiosity and interest. People have greater expectations of sex because of this.”
Age is just a number
A recent study by Trinity College, Dublin, published in the Longitudinal Study on Aging looked at the sexual behaviours of the fifty years plus age bracket. It found that 60pc of this age group are having sex.
Of those who watch Pornhub 21pc are forty-five years or older.
Conversely, porn is also accessible by minors and is becoming more integrated into people’s daily lives whether male or female.
According to a study by the Institute of Public Policy Research in Britain, watching pornography is “common” by the time teenagers reach their mid-teens.
It also found that for teens, the internet ranks higher than parents as a source of information about sex and relationships.
The Irish in fact, rank 6th in the world per capital of page views. That’s 171 per person on the Island. The USA ranks first with 221.
It is everywhere and difficult to monitor said former Principal of Intermediate School, Killorgan. “Once your child has a smartphone, they have access to porn. You can put in the filters, but young people are very IT literate and can get around them,” stated Joe O’Dwyer.
At the end of last year Enda Kenny said “Our young people growing up imagining that what they see on the screen might be normal sexual behaviour there has to be a discussion about this in terms of families and children and the kind of society that is evolving.”
If the negative impacts of pornography are to be limited this needs to start with discussion.
“Sexual education must expand to more than just talking about the act of sex itself” said Dr. Proudfoot.
She said that it must encompass the way we are ‘doing sex’ and “talk about sex, relationships, STI’s, contraception, fertility and of course pornography and relationships”, she said.