A study released this week suggests teens who frequent Web sites with images of violence are more likely to regularly engage in violence themselves. A separate study commissioned by TechCult indicates the opposite effect occurs when it comes to sex.

The research, conducted by our own Dr. Stanley L. Dorkus, initially aimed to replicate the connection found between the viewing of violent images and the regular engagement in real-life violent acts. Dorkus and his team were surprised, then, with what they discovered.

“Unlike the violence study, we found teens who spend a lot of time looking at sexual material online are actually less likely to engage in real-life sexual activity at all, let alone regularly,” Dorkus explains. “The violent kids seem to spend a lot of time looking up violent videos. With sex, though, the kids who are actually getting some seem to be spending their free time trolling for ass.”

The subjects who spent the most time viewing sexual material online, Dorkus says, were the ones engaging in little to no sexual activity outside of the Internet. While the findings are preliminary, the researchers plan to explore the area further to see if the principle also applies to men in their post-teen years.

“We now suspect that men ages 20 to 65 may share this previously unrealized correlation,” Dorkus says. “It’s really proving to be quite fascinating — we’re all shocked by the discovery.”

The research will be published in the Journal of Sexual Frustration next month.

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