Skip to comments.Porn use can lead to divorce: study
Posted on 06/11/2014 12:13:21 AM PDT by Morgana
June 9, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) The use of pornography in marriage can lead to a higher chance of divorce, a new study has found.
Analyzing data from the General Social Survey, the researchers found that porn users are more open to marital infidelity, the leading cause of divorce in the United States. They published their findings in the April issue of Psychology of Popular Media Culture.
The General Social Survey asked 551 married couples whether or not they had viewed a pornographic video in the last year. The couples were then asked about their views on extra-marital relations. The results showed a connection between the pornography viewers and those with sympathetic attitudes towards marital infidelity.
"If pornography consumption leads to more positive extramarital sex attitudes as the results of the panels suggest, pornography consumption may be a contributing factor in some divorces via extramarital sex behavior," the study states.
Researchers have found an abundance of evidence indicating the detrimental effects of pornography on individuals and society. One study found that viewing pornography leads to a weakened sex drive, while another discovered that porn addiction distorts the brain the same way alcohol and drugs do.
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Pornography also has devastating effects on families, children, and communities. Dr. Patrick F. Fagan found that pornography use causes instability, distrust, and betrayal in marriages, severely damaging the bond between the husband and wife.
Viewers of pornography assign increased importance to sexual relations without emotional involvement, says Dr. Fagan. The emotional distance fostered by pornography can often be just as damaging to the relationship as real-life infidelity, and both men and women tend to put online sexual activity in the same category as having an affair.
Therapist Dr. Jill Manning found that 56 percent of divorces involved a spouse with a pornography obsession. According to Dr. Kevin B. Skinner, writing in a 2011 article for Psychology Today, her finding is a sobering statistic.
Every year for the past decade there have been roughly 1 million divorces in the United States, he wrote. If half of the people divorcing claim pornography as the culprit, that means there are 500,000 marriages annually that are failing due to pornography.
On the other hand, have they studied whether divorce can lead to porn use?
To be serious though, this study claims to show causation, but the description of it seems to indicate that it merely shows correlation, not causation.
A prospective study would be required to prove causation, and would be darned hard to do, I imagine.
It should be be obvious, but I guess it’s not. I can’t understand why porn is considered a panacea today. Does it really do anything for anyone besides waste their time?
Most men just want to be loved and accepted by their wives. A good chunk of men who resort to pornography do so because they have been rejected by their wives.
People resort o all kinds of comforts when their basic needs are not being met. Our society isn’t very good at instructing people how to find healthy outlets when they aren’t able to have them met by those closest to them.
A married man over indulging in pornography is symptomatic more than porn causative
Women watch porn too....I can attest to this fact first hand once upon a time
Not quite like men but it does notch up randiness in plenty of gals
But not that guaze lens touchy feely stuff....quite the opposite surprising to me anyhow
Rocco had quite the female following....I think its like sex novels just amped up
Being all consumed and ravished by a strong forceful man or men
Girls are something else...not all are pillow biters
There’s a tigress in there somewhere
Correlation more than causative
Well said drago....more cogent than my customary wanderings
The point is it only makes those problems worse. Basically, porn is the opposite of sex.
As a man, I could say that. But sorry I don't believe that for a second. From the majority I can see, that is a small minority.
There is no question that those comforts do make it worse, because it forms an incentive-reward cycle that self-perpetuates.
There also aren’t always ways to solve problems either. How do you solve a wife who will not love her husband, and there are quite a few out there like this, even though he is fundamentally a good man who loves his wife and hasn’t done anything that should cause her to hate him?
Along with advancing the homosexual agenda, the commies were behind the pushing of smut in America, fully supported by atheistic liberals and creeps like Larry Flynt.
Maybe you misunderstood my poorly made point.
Drago said it better.
Porn for men and divorce is more correlative than causative
If you disagree with that fine.
I don’t know any couples who divorced over porn but I’ve read about it online...especially if the man stopped fooling around with wife
But in real life I have known plenty couples who watched porn together.... not divorced yet anyhow
Women have secret lives that most men have no clue about. And, in general, they watch more porn than they let on....
Most men who resort to porn have rejected their wives. They want the “perfect” porn woman and fantasy that does not exist.
All I know is that commies are the porn pushers. Leftists Hugh Hefner, Larry Flynt and other atheistic smut peddlers are hell bound. Pornography, homosexualism and pedophilia are branches of the same evil root.
I agree....and they masturbate more than they admit too
Even whilst having a robust intercourse centered sex life with their partner
Women when they wish to be impregnated are insatiable vixens.... they can devour even the most virile man (men)
Its a myth women are the weaker sex when it comes to sex.
I’ve had this pleasure well known to me as a father of five.....the drive to have a baby is instinctive and can be omnipotent in some gals....not that I’m complaining
Porn is at least to me...a stimulant....not a substitute.
Most men use porn to meet their emotional needs, not to get a better looking woman. At the heart of the issue, he has a need that isn’t being met and it’s not often physical in nature.
Pornography is wrong for the simple reason that God condemns such material. It is not a form of recreation. It is not a personal right. It is a sin.
That's the closing point made by Jeffrey W. Hamilton in the well-written, Bible-based article, A Look at Pornography.
Men tend to underestimate just how fluid female sexuality is. Women that you think would never engage in bisexuality have often been there & done that. Though I would always advise any man to never expect a stable relationship with a women who has a more than casual interest in other women.
I’m not disagreeing with you. I haven’t justified it.
However, if you’re going to solve a problem you are going to understand why men might resort to porn, even in seemingly happy marriages.
Just simply demanding that people stop doesn’t usually work.
Most men view porn because of an addiction.
Any man who says it’s because his wife is not “putting out” is an out right liar. In fact most of these men are using porn to have sex with their wives. After one divorce a wife found her husband’s porn mags under their bed. Her response was “he was mentally having sex with those women and I was just a warm body to do so”.
As I have mentioned, and I don’t know why you keep missing what I have mentioned, I have said it’s the emotional aspect that men are trying to fill. It’s not always physical.
I also said that this happens in seemingly happy marriages, this would mean that the wife believes she is satisfying her husband, but he still seeks porn.
I know in the modern culture that, it is ALWAYS the man’s fault in some way, but really often it’s just that they are hurting in some way, but our culture calls such men weak when they have a need and are unable to approach the wife to help meet that need. He’s a bastard if he tries.
That article is an excellent summation of the Biblical mandate to abstain from pornography, thank you for posting it. It would seem that many of today’s prolific pro-pornographers have two things in common:
-a hatred of fiscal conservatism and personal responsibility. Pornographers can only create capital through antagonistic destruction of their fellow man, rather than genuine advancements in human quality of life. Porn consumers are almost always losers on some form of welfare who ask the Democrats to give them money.
-a hatred of Christianity, and love of the sex-based doctrines of Darwin. In addition to overpopulation hysteria encouraging homosexuality and mockery of Christ’s sacrifice through BDSM, pornographers and Darwinists are enamored with the concept of the “humanzee”. Let’s just say that these people have an interest in keeping the verdict inconclusive.
It’s the load noise in the room you cannot ignore. It’s annoying, frustrating and irritating, making you restless and unfocussed. Sometimes you just have to peek at some porn to quickly prime the pump and rub one out to make it go away and get some work done. It’s like emptying the overflow reservoir on the printer.
If you don’t take care of business you will be vulnerable to female manipulation. Nothing will get done and your day will be a mess and you will feel like crap.
I hope tax dollars weren’t used for this study.
Cue the Master of the Obvious pic.
How much taxpayers money went into this study...?
They needed a study for that?
Too much “if this, then that” to qualify as a real “study.”
Well you know, Kinsey, Hefner et al seem to think porn is harmless so yes they do need a study.
And what is porn? “You know it when you see it” I watched ROME on HBO it was realistic and accurate to me. To someone else, it might be porn.