Men Who Watch Porn Are Less Happy In Their Relationships

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Men who look at porn have reduced happiness in relationships — both sexually and generally, according to a new study.

Paul Wright from Indiana University in Bloomington and colleagues analysed the findings of 50 studies collectively including more than 50,000 participants from 10 countries.

“Pornography consumption was associated with lower interpersonal satisfaction outcomes,” the researchers found.

The study, published in the journal Human Communication Research, however, found that porn viewing hardly affects relationship satisfaction in women.

“Associations between pornography consumption and reduced interpersonal satisfaction outcomes were not moderated by their year of release or their publication status. But analyses by sex indicted significant results for men only,” the study said.

Men who who were in a long-term relationship and still watched porn were associated with lesser happiness in their relationships — both sexually and generally, Vocativ.com reported.

Researchers also looked at studies looking at porn viewing and sexual self-esteem and body confidence, but they found no link.

This doesn’t mean that porn in and of itself is “bad,” but that different people process it in different ways, and that men may be likely to process it in a way that detracts from their relationship happiness. One possible response: instead of demonizing porn, we could help people understand that it’s fantasy, not an instruction manual or an aspirational representation of sex.

The finding could come as a surprise for those who argue that pornography leads to unrealistic and unhealthy beauty standards.

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