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Elon Musk’s Starlink Accidentally Caused a Remote Tribe to Become Addicted to Porn

Elon Musk’s Starlink Accidentally Caused a Remote Tribe to Become Addicted to Porn

We’re pretty sure no one saw this coming.

Just nine months after Elon Musk hooked up a remote Amazon tribe to the internet, there have been some troubling issues — mainly the community’s young men developing a porn addiction. (Perhaps they’ve been spending some time on X.)

The Marubo tribe’s elders spoke to The New York Times about their experience with internet access. While it was initially a huge celebration for them, things have taken a dark turn and caused some of the previously chaste tribesmen to display “aggressive sexual behavior.”

One tribesman, Alfredo Marubo, shared that some men are sharing explicit videos in group chats, and he’s concerned they will mimic the graphic content they’re seeing on screen.

And it’s not just porn that’s causing the elders to worry. Young children are playing violent video games, chatting with strangers online and getting addicted to their phones for hours.

According to another tribesman, Tsainama Marubo, young people are also becoming “lazy” and adopting “the ways of the white people.”

Despite these issues, the tribe shared that access to the internet has also made positive impacts for the remote community. They’ve been able to reach out for help in emergencies, connect with family members who moved away, and access education resources.

So, pretty much their experience with technology is just like the rest of society’s.

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