How the Evolution of Porn Changed Adolescence

As an adolescent development expert, Dr. Megan Maas explains how pornography is not what it used to be. When we understand how the evolution of pornography parallels that of the evolution of food, we can more easily communicate to teens how pornography consumption might impact people’s sexual experiences in different ways. Through this historical lens, she invites us to be more critical about the pornography we consume and more present when having sex with a real-life human being. Megan Maas, PhD, is an assistant professor in Human Development & Family Studies at Michigan State University. Her award-winning research, recognized by the American Psychological Association and funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on adolescent sexual development and how internet pornography shapes that development. In addition to publishing in academic journals, she also publishes her work in mass media outlets such as HuffPost, CNN, and Salon. Her talk will feature the history of pornography use in the U.S. and the role it plays in making the sexual experiences of today’s youth so different than the sexual experiences of the past several generations. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.