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Pornography use may be negatively impacting sexual satisfaction within marriages, according to a new study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior

Pornography use may be negatively impacting sexual satisfaction within marriages, according to a new study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior

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  1. dopadelic

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    It’s not surprising. The vast, endless quantity of easily accessible sexual stimuli results in desensitization. This is well documented in science, known as the Coolidge effect. When I was 10, before the days of porn, I remember masturbating to the memory of this girl in my class telling me about her hobbies that matched mine. Now after years of porn use, I have to find that perfect picture/video that hits the fetishes that have been built up over the years.
    I don’t feel intense arousal from real sex anymore.

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  2. Wandrille

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    from the paper:

    > Although this study does not illustrate cause and effect of
    pornography use differences and negative couple outcomes,
    > this study does suggest a link between the two and that pornography use is a dynamic that partners dance around in romantic relationships and should be furthered examined.

    So the title of this thread is quite misleading (something about correlation and causation, no?).

    Indeed, we could also consider the idea that a spouse is more likely to turn to pornography if their sexual satisfaction is not met within its marriage.
    So causation is not evident at all.

    Moreover, as others have pointed out, the actual conclusions of the studies are actually quite nuanced and do not see a clear negative association in every cases.

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  3. redsoxman17

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Anecdotal evidence: I absolutely turned to porn when my wife and I weren’t meeting each other’s needs (from maybe 2-3 times a month to multiple times per week). It resulted in a near-fatal breakdown of the marriage.

    We have since learned to communicate our wants and needs a lot better and it had resulted in intimacy reaching new heights.

    For all you guys out there, my advice is this: treat her like the guy you are afraid she will leave you for would. Even if that guy is imaginary, it can help give you the sense of urgency that is often lost in a long term relationship.

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  4. oth_radar

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    It may be useful to consider the biases in this publication. While I don’t want to discount the research (especially since this is such a contentious area as it is), it may be prudent to note that the publication is from Brigham Young University, and thus may contain a certain amount of conservative bias from researchers.

    **EDIT**: While we’re on the topic of bias, I’d also like to bring up that the title of this post may be misleading. The study only found that pornography use was “negatively related to husbands’ [and wives] *unique* sexual satisfaction [emphasis mine] … but wives’ pornography use is positively related to the couple’s shared level of sexual satisfaction” and husbands’ pornography use did not affect shared satisfaction levels. The way I read it, that means pornography actually has a *positive* impact on wives’ shared sexual experience, and no negative impact on males’ shared experience. The negative impact is solely to their *unique* sexual experience, which might not be obvious from the title of this post, especially when the findings of the study suggest both positive and negative impacts of pornographic use.

    [Here’s a Link](http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6301&context=etd) to the full study for anyone who’d like to read it further.

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  5. [deleted]

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

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  6. GaryNOVA

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Not maybe. It really screwed up my sex life to the point where I have had to stop. This isn’t everyone but it was me and it does exist.

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  7. ApeInDrapes

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    If I could go back and tell my teenage self not to watch that shit I’d do it in a heartbeat

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  8. [deleted]

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

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  9. thai_tong

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    The abstract has a lot of good detail

    >Using matched, heterosexual couple data from the Relationship Evaluation Questionnaire (RELATE; n = 326 couples), an adapted common-fate approach was used to examine both common and unique attributes of husbands’ and wives’ acceptance of pornography and sexual satisfaction as well as husbands’ and wives’ pornography use.

    >It was expected that spouses’ unique as well as shared variance of pornography acceptance would be significantly associated with husbands’ and wives’ levels of personal pornography use and that these use patterns would be significantly associated with husbands’ and wives’ unique as well as shared variance of sexual satisfaction. It was also expected that pornography use would significantly mediate the relationship between pornography acceptance and sexual satisfaction.

    >Results indicated that the shared variance of pornography acceptance was positively associated with both spouses’ pornography use and that spouses’ pornography use was negatively associated with their own sexual satisfaction. Wives’ pornography use was found to be positively associated with the couple’s shared variance of sexual satisfaction, but pornography use did not significantly mediate the relationship between pornography acceptance and sexual satisfaction.

    >These findings emphasize the complexity of pornography use in couple relationships and the importance of studying pornography acceptance and use as a coupling dynamic within marriages rather than just an individual behavior.

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  10. Luke90210

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I am shocked a husband proposing an anal three-way, including the babysitter, could negatively impact a marriage.

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  11. xxAkirhaxx

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Can confirm anecdotally. Last two girlfriends I had (of 13 in my entire life, am 33, unmarried, so a shut in case with other issues obviously) I could not get off to, but porn I could easily get off to. This caused issues, unfortunately 🙁

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  12. JackBinimbul

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Well…watching professional cooking shows is also likely to make you less satisfied about your wife’s meatloaf.

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  13. JustHereForGiner

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    *Men may be turning to pornography due to sexual dissatisfaction within a marriage.

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  14. diogenes08

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I have been with my wife for 9 years. While we don’t have sex as often as I would like, she is still what is on my mind on my own, and I prefer to watch the small few videos she has made me over the last while, over watching porn. And when I do get bored and watch other porn, I specifically look for things that remind me of her.

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  15. SHD25

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    nofap have a field day

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  16. LuciusCypher

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Well at least the Husband hadn’t resorted to using coconuts…

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  17. Fascist_Regime

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Well it certainly results in less sexual activity in most cases for a male who uses porn a lot. Someone who’s masturbating at least once a day to porn, is probably not going to want sex from his wife anywhere near as often as he normally would. Granted this may not always be the case, but I would imagine it would be the majority of the time.

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  18. walrusdoom

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Interesting

    *goes on to browse 30 porn subs*

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  19. Lord_Tacitus

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Well of course, my wife isn’t a hundred foot squid monster and I’m not a Japanese schoolgirl with magical powers and a talking animal sidekick. How do you expect me to be satisfied with our puny, worthless, tentacleless human bodies?

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  20. ignost

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    The title is actually misleading here, though. The abstract is a mess, so I see where the misunderstanding comes from. This is from the actual conclusion:

    > husband’s pornography use was not significantly associated with the shared or relationship variable of sexual satisfaction.

    > Wife’s pornography use was positively associated with the shared sexual satisfaction

    In both cases porn use (and thus acceptance, according to the study) was associated with lower “unique” sexual satisfaction. But overall it doesn’t appear to harm the “shared” sexual satisfaction, and may help when the wife is on board. So it would be inaccurate to say “pornography use may be negatively impacting sexual satisfaction within marriage.” If anything it’s doing the opposite “within marriage.”

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  21. YT_Howesenberg

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I agree with the thesis, I am almost tempted to no longer consider it a thesis but a proven theory, the more time you spend in fantasy the more disinterested you can become with the reality, this applies to many things in life but pornography I would argue is more damaging because when you engage in watching (and let’s be frank) pleasuring from it you are focusing on trying to fill a void in your own happiness, the problem isn’t the morality of porn the problem is the psychological state which leads anyone to ‘want’ porn in their life.

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  22. SPACKlick

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Reading the discussion of the study it’s clear to see the individual researchers bias on this topic. All discussion of the negative correlation of sexual satisfaction and pornography use is couched in terms of porn causing the reduced satisfaction and not vice versa. For instance;

    > Pornography use within the relationship can incur both
    negative and positive effects on the couple sexual satisfaction, as well as individual sexual
    satisfaction.

    something their study comes nowhere close to indicating. See also

    > therapists should go
    beyond merely discussing pornography use behaviors but assess the **threat** or effect it may have
    on the attachment and emotional closeness of the couple.

    [emphasis mine]. Overall the study basically shows that porn use by women is associated with slightly higher sexual satisfaction as a couple and that porn use overall is associated with lower sexual satisfaction.

    Taking those two points and running them through the “every day life experience anecdata simulator” I would presume, until presented further data, that given men typically have higher sex drives at most ages in a couples life (note most of these couples were younger at the age where male sex drive peaks and before female sex drive peaks) those couples where the woman is using porn will tend to have closer matched sex drives. And those couples where one partner isn’t fully satisfied with their sex lives that partner may turn to more porn use as a way to fulfil some need.

    But my conclusions are no more valid than this studies conclusions because the data simply isn’t there.

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  23. Heliax_Prime

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    It doesn’t take a scientist to know this. This to me is plain common knowledge

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  24. Rdthedo

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Imagine what the impact of coconuts is.

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  25. razzytrazza

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    this rings so true in my relationship. my boyfriend has a porn problem and he doesn’t know that i know. he consistently turns sex down from me saying he’s tired or just has a low sex drive yet he watches porn daily

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  26. bathrobehero

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Who would have thought that looking at a restaurant menu with nice pictures of all the different meals out there while you can only eat oatmeal that you have at home diminishes your taste for oatmeal, however much you like it.

    And if you’re starved enough chances are you’ll enjoy that oatmeal even if you didn’t like it before.

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  27. phohunna

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    You guys are looking at this with your own bias.

    Porn harms relationships because it’s easier and hotter, so you get less satisfaction from your own partner.

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  28. Klorg_Bane

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Taking the love out of an act based in love makes it worse. Who woulda thunk.

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  29. the-mbo

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    As a german, i have to advise you to take an article with a grain of salt when it comes from springer. Their credibility is questionable. I would not recommend posting articles from that source on /r/science

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  30. Anonymous

    August 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

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