The Largest Unregulated Social Experiment:"Industrial Strength" Internet Porn

Over 80% of people seeking medical help for compulsive sexual behaviour report they have a porn-related problem.

49.6% of men under 35 with high porn addiction scores experience erectile dysfunction (Jacobs et al. 2021)

TFR logo The Reward Foundation

The Reward Foundation is a pioneering relationship and sex education charity. The name comes from the fact that the 'reward' system of the brain is responsible for all motivation. This includes our drive towards love and sex as well as other natural rewards like food, novelty and attainment. The reward system can be hijacked by artificially strong rewards such as drugs, alcohol, nicotine and the internet. The Reward Foundation is a key source of evidence-based information about love relationships and the impact of internet pornography on mental and physical health, relationships, learning and legal risks. The Reward Foundation does not offer therapy nor provide legal advice.  However, we do signpost routes to recovery for people whose use has become problematic. Our aim is to help users and professionals access the evidence and support to allow them to take appropriate action.

Internet Pornography is a 'Supernormal' Stimulus

Pornography can impact the brain in a similar way to cocaine or heroin when binged upon regularly. Pornography is particularly unsuitable for children who make up 20-30% of users on adult sites. This alone justifies the UK government’s age verification legislation to restrict access by children and protect their health.


Years or younger*

Age that 60% of children first see porn



# UK children a month watching pornography



Parents wanting age verification on porn websites


Years old*

Age of some children exposed to hardcore pornography

* British Board of Film Classification


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“Of all activities on the internet, porn has the most potential to become addictive,”
- Dutch neuroscientists Meerkerk et al. 2006

Parent's Guide to Internet Pornography

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