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
Pornography’s Effects On Marriage And Hope For Married Couples - For Your Marriage
If marriage equality is the Stalingrad of the culture wars, then perhaps pornography is its Gallipoli. Porn usually flies under the radar, but when push comes to shove it's no less divisive than marriage or abortion. Liberals are typically indifferent, generally treating porn as either innocuous or an unseemly test case for the First Amendment. In contrast, social conservatives view porn as a scurrilous threat to marriage and family. To date, most of the pornography scholarship has been less than convincing. And most of the studies linking pornography consumption to diminished relationship quality have all been based on small convenience samples that may reflect nothing more than disgruntled singles mouthing off about their porn-addled exes.
One week before our wedding, I walked into a convenience store telling myself it was the last time I would ever use porn. After all, my bride Beth was gorgeous, smart, athletic, cared about her faith, and was my best friend. Sadly, the first several years of our marriage were filled with heartache, loneliness, and broken trust due to my use of pornography. We reached out for help to multiple counselors and priests, but there were not many people who knew how to help us in the early s.
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.