Originally Posted by Young at Heart View Post
I grew up and was in college where a computer class assignment was to program (via patch cords) an ibm card sorter to sort punch cards in a certain order. That was so PRIOR to internet, I can't even begin to explain how prior to modern computing and modern internet. I remember years later once seeing a poster that had EVERY www-internet site on it. They were mostly military, government and university sites.
At the house I lived in at collage, we had a collection of 35-mm stag films and would periodically do a "exchange/loan" program with another house so we could see some fresh stuff at beer parties. I even remember once when we got a "hen/lesbian" porn 35-mm film from one of the women's houses as part of an exchange. That film cause a lot of discussion for the next month. (Do they really like that kind of thing?)
Porn has been around for a long, long, long time. Yes, it does not have the widespread availability, variety, and explicitness that most of the really old stuff had, but even some of the old stuff was kind of crude.
I guess I must have had a really unusual college experience. We even once arranged a trip to a local burlesque style theater as a date night between our house and a women's house. Kind of a strippers bumping and grinding and corny off-color comedians. The women seemed to enjoy it as much as the guys did. Oh, well. Porn for me was not Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues or the women's underwear section of the Sears catalog.
Oh yeah, it's been around forever, in one form or another, no doubt.
But none of your porn experiences were alone, were they?
That's what I'm getting at. My teenage son takes a shower, and he brings his tablet... We can watch porn in the car, WHILE DRIVING! At work, at school, in the next room. Basically whenever and wherever we want, on a whim. No setup, no planning, nothing to put away. It's crazy. The porn of your (and my) generation required forethought and planning, lol.
Even though porn was available to people of your generation, you still had to use your imagination (or memory, I guess) when you got home later that night. Unless it was a group activity! (not judging!) Hell, same with my generation, really. I could have alone time with a magazine, but even the dirtiest magazines were rather tame compared to what's online these days. And they were still pictures. There was still some imagination and fantasy required. Even with videos (VHS!), our one TV was in the living room, basically in the middle of the house. Same with the 'family computer'. Central location in the house.
The internet made porn accessible to everyone. High speed internet made it 'on-demand', with no need to download and save it. The smart phone (and tablet) made it portable. The miracles of modern technology!
But the biggest change, IMO, is that we are now giving our children smart phones and tablets, and often their own computers. I think I was probably 15 or 16 before I saw my first sex acts that were not in a mainstream movie. And although it was x rated stuff, it was still rather tame compared to what you can find these days, without even looking hard. This generation requires absolutely no imagination or fantasy.
My 16 year old, and kids of his generation, are either going to grow up and have amazing sex lives, or the exact opposite. There's going to be nothing left to the imagination, no discovery, just expectations. Hell, sometime in the mid-late 90's, when I was dating my ex wife and we were in our early 20's, we discovered her g-spot. Neither of us had any idea that it existed, or that g-spot orgasms and squirting were a thing. That kind of discovery and experimentation is pretty much gone forever. Kids will just want to mimic what they see, and by the time they're old enough to start having sex, they'll already know everything, in theory.