The Internet Is Not The Problem, I Repeat, The Internet Is NOT The Problem

Record number of religious girls surfing sex sites

New research indicates that one in three teenaged girls from the religious and Ultra-Orthodox sectors surf porn sites – nearly twice as many as non-observant girls of the same age.

Seventeen percent of the non-religious girls polled said they visited sexually-oriented websites, while over 30% of the national religious and haredi girls polled responded likewise.

Over 500 11th and 12th-grade students from the national religious, haredi, and secular sectors participated in the study, which focused on the amount of exposure to the Internet and the “sexual conflict.” The research is a follow-up to a qualitative study published a year ago that examined attraction vs. reversion to sexuality and attraction vs. reversion to morality and conservatism.

Dr. Yaniv Efrati of Bar-Ilan University, who used the statistical research to examine religious youths’ sexual conflict, explains that sexual attraction among girls is “perceived as a much stricter taboo in the religious society than in secular society…..”

Interestingly, while the percentage of religious and haredi girls who surf porn sites is significantly higher than the number of secular girls who do, there was virtually no difference by sector in the number of boys who surf porn sites. According to the study, over 80% of all teens are exposed to online porn.


Notice that the “enlightened” non-Haredim fare no better then the crazy “Ban”ners.

And these folks still believe that the internet is not a problem. Stupid (and dangerous) fools.


3 thoughts on “The Internet Is Not The Problem, I Repeat, The Internet Is NOT The Problem

  1. I heard a great shiur on this subject. The rav in question compared the internet to a child wanting a candy even though it’s not good for him. So what does the parent do? He locks it in a cupboard. Problem solved! At least until the kid figures out how to get into the cupboard.
    No, the internet is not the problem. Not teaching children how to deal with temptation, shielding them from any possible dangers and then being shocked when they can’t handle the encounter is the problem. You don’t want to lock away the candy, you want to teach the child that he doesn’t need the candy and can live happily without it. But then we’d have to blame ourselves for this happening and why do that?

      • In order to arrive at that conclusion, you’d have to study the differences between families who have filters or other limitations on internet access vs. those who have unlimited access, not just look at religious affiliation. Certainly the study cited suggests that at least for girls, access to internet alone is NOT the problem, as some kids will use it inappropriately while others won’t. It surely does not make these religious girls look good, whether haredi or dati le’umi.

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