Since pornography's migration from magazines and videos to a digital format, it is readily accessible, easily kept private, and anonymous. Women at times view porn, yet men are still by far the biggest users. Unfortunately, pornography use can negatively impact marital intimacy in many ways. An increasing number of couples report that pornography is causing difficulties in their relationships. Research shows that pornography use is one of the strongest predictors of poor relationship quality and stability, both for those in dating relationships as well as married couples.
People More Likely to Divorce After They Start Watching Porn, Says Study
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Pornography’s Effects On Marriage And Hope For Married Couples
A s film genres go, pornography is the most divisive; few art forms elicit such ardently different feelings from critics and fans. Now a new study suggests that pornography may actually physically divide people too, namely those who are married. And women who start watching porn are three times as likely to split, according to a working paper presented at the American Sociological Association on Aug. However, porn appears to have a less negative impact on marriage if couples watch it together. The paper also finds that stopping porn-watching lowers the likelihood of divorce for women, though not for men.
Roughly 55 to 70 percent of men and 30 to 40 percent of women under age 40 reported viewing pornography in a given year. Pornography use undermines marital relations and distresses wives. Samuel Perry of the University of Oklahoma reported that frequency of viewing pornography was the second strongest predictor of poor marital quality in subsequent years. Wives can begin to feel unattractive or sexually inadequate and may become severely depressed when they realize their husbands view pornography. Viewers of pornography assign increased importance to sexual relations without emotional involvement, 9 and consequently, wives experience decreased intimacy from their husbands.