Personal Pornography Viewing and Sexual Satisfaction: A Quadratic Analysis

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PUBLISHED

2018 in Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, Vol. 44(3), pp. 308-315

KEY FINDINGS
  • This study found that more frequent viewing of pornography was assoicated with lower levels of sexual satisfaction in couple relationships.
ABSTRACT
Personal pornography viewing has been associated with lower sexual satisfaction in both experimental and observational research. The language used to hypothesize this relationship typically suggests that it is frequent viewing, rather than infrequent or only occasional viewing, that is responsible for any adverse effects. When the nature of the relationship between a predictor and a criterion depends on the levels of the predictor, a curvilinear relationship is indicated. Nevertheless, studies have assumed linearity in their... READ FULL ABSTRACT
EXCERPTS
  • "The overall trend was that more frequent viewing was associated with lower levels of satisfaction. This result is consistent with the results of prior studies and affirms their general approach to conceptualizing the relationship. However, the magnitude of the negative association increased as pornography viewing became more frequent. This result suggests that frequent viewing is more proportionately consequential in terms of adverse effects on sexual satisfaction than infrequent viewing."
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