Porn The New Tobacco (Video)

Porn The New Tobacco Video by Jack Fischer for TEDx

Pornography has quietly taken the world by storm. A growing body of research is shedding light on the destructive effects that widespread consumption of porn may be having, with disturbing parallels to realizations about tobacco use a generation ago. An online community called NoFap has sprung up in response and is a rapidly growing open forum for those struggling with and speaking out against pornography, epitomizing the power of community – and the double-edged sword of technology.

Sophomore Jack Fischer, a Binghamton University Scholar majoring in computer science and math, is passionate about public education, data and technology, and has coded a motivational panic button used millions of times a year by those participating in NoFap. He has worked at The New York Times and while there demonstrated differences in how public and private universities are publicized. He loves hackathons and is an active participant in Binghamton’s own HackBU, also working with its leaders to coach students learning how to code.

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