On Wednesday, December 9th, Dixon hosted an assembly with a guest speaker from the organization “Fight the New Drug“, which advocates for education about the addictive behaviors of pornography.
The representative spoke with our students on their level, in terms they could understand and identify with, about the science and statistics behind how pornography affects the brain, our relationships with each other, and the world as a whole. Fight the New Drug (FTND) had a grassroots beginning with a group of college students who discovered scientific research on the internal and external affects pornography had on an individual, and it became a non-profit organization in 2009. Since then, they have traveled to over 300 middle and high schools to spread awareness of the measurable harms of pornography, and to give young minds the tools to recognize the signs of pornography addiction.
Their slogan or motto is “Porn Kills Love”, based on the increasing research that pornography leads to dissatisfaction in real relationships and often to the total abandonment of that relationship in favor of the fantasy that pornography provides. Pornography, they say, causes people to become “more critical of their partner’s appearance, sexual curiosity, sexual performance, and displays of affection”.
Pornography addiction, our spokesperson told us, affects the brain the same way as drug addiction. Teen brains are more susceptible to addiction and addictive behaviors, like watching pornography. Since pornography is unfortunately so readily available, this means teens are at a high risk of becoming addicted to pornography– something that can have long-lasting affects not only on their relationships, but also on the development of their brains.
At the end of the presentation our speaker called 7 students up to the stage to read a few promises of how they will moderate their behavior and be vigilant about pornography addiction, then rewarded them with a T-shirt boasting that they would be “fighting the new drug”.