Based on the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality (YAFS) study, young people in Metro Manila are the highest consumers of pornographic materials among all regions in the country.
According to the study, eight of ten youth have been exposed to pornographic print and video materials, and four out of ten have visited websites with sexually-explicit contents. Likewise, boys are more prone into subscribing to pornographic materials than girls.
A further analysis of the YAFS data showed that males are twice more likely to engage in early sex than those who had no exposure to pornographic materials. Young females are only 2.24 times more likely to engage in early sex once exposed to pornography as compared to those who have not been exposed to such.
The study also revealed that 28 percent of youth (18-24 years old), have engaged in sex before the age of 18 and a similar proportion have also been exposed to pornographic printed materials and videos prior to their first sex.
The further analysis also revealed that exposure to pornographic materials, particularly to x-rated videos, is facilitative of early first sex for both males and females. However, the youth’s main activity, socio-economic status, religion, ethnicity and peer pressure with regards to sexual activity did not emerge as significant predictors of early first sex.
This further study gave emphasis on education as a crucial factor in preventing early sexual activity, particularly among females. It also emphasized the important role of media in forming the sexual behaviors of young people in the region and reinforced the need to optimize the media for positively communicating and reaching-out to young people.
To prevent these occurrences among the youth, the study recommended the full implementation of comprehensive sexuality education in schools, equipping of necessary skills in processing sexual information and coming up with communication strategies that promote responsible sexuality among the young people. ###(POPCOM-NCR, Dissemination Forum, May 3, 2016)