Topic

Prevalence

The Prevalence of Using Pornography for Information About How to Have Sex: Findings from a Nationally Representative Survey of U.S. Adolescents and Young Adults

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PUBLISHED

2021 in Archives of Sexual Behavior

KEY FINDINGS
  • This nationally representative survey found that 1 in 4 18-24 year-olds surveyed identified pornography as the most helpful source for learning about how to have sex. Additionally, this study found that adolescents who had healthy discussions with parents about sex were less likely to report that pornography was a helpful source of information about sex.

Diverse Sexual Behaviors and Pornography Use: Findings From a Nationally Representative Probability Survey of Americans Aged 18 to 60 Years

AUTHOR(S)

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PUBLISHED

2020 in Journal of Sexual Medicine

KEY FINDINGS
  • In this nationally representative survey, researchers found that pornography consumption is significantly associated with engaging in aggressive sexual behaviors—both as the aggressor and the target of aggression. Women and men who have sex with men were significantly more likely to report being the targets of sexually aggressive behaviors.

Exploring Trajectories of Pornography Use Through Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

AUTHOR(S)

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PUBLISHED

2018 in The Journal of Sex Research, Vol. 55(3), pp. 297–309

KEY FINDINGS
  • This study found evidence of common pornography patterns through both adolescence and young adulthood.
  • Young adults who viewed pornography consistently reported lower life satisfaction.
CATEGORIES

The Porn Gap: Differences in Men’s and Women’s Pornography Patterns in Couple Relationships

AUTHOR(S)

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PUBLISHED

2017 in Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, Vol. 16(2), pp. 146-163.

KEY FINDINGS
  • This study found that there are large differences between the pornography use rates between coupled men and women.
  • Differences between men's and women's pornography use levels lead to conflict for many couples.

Understanding and Predicting Classes of College Students Who Use Pornography

AUTHOR(S)

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PUBLISHED

2017 in Computers in Human Behavior, Vol. 66, pp. 114-121

KEY FINDINGS
  • This study identified unique classifications of pornography users among college students based on their use patterns of pornography.
  • Different patterns of pornography use were found to be related to users' levels of self-esteem.
CATEGORIES

Does Viewing Explain Doing? Assessing the Association Between Sexually Explicit Materials Use and Sexual Behaviors in a Large Sample of Dutch Adolescents and Young Adults

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PUBLISHED

2013 in Journal of Sexual Medicine, Vol. 10(12), pp. 2986-2995

KEY FINDINGS
  • The study found that 88% of men and 45% of women reported viewing pornography in the past 12 months.
  • This study found that even when controlling for important other factors, viewing pornography influences sexual behaviors.
CATEGORIES

U.S. Males and Pornography, 1973–2010: Consumption, Predictors, Correlates

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PUBLISHED

2013 in Journal of Sex Research, Vol. 50(1), pp. 60–71

KEY FINDINGS
  • This study found that pornography influences people's sexual attitudes and behaviors in a variety of negative ways.
  • Pornography use was found to be linked to permissive sexual attitudes and behaviors.
  • Pornogrsphy use was was associated with engaing in extramarital sex.
CATEGORIES

Generation XXX: Pornography Acceptance and Use Among Emerging Adults

AUTHOR(S)

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PUBLISHED

2008 in Journal of Adolescent Research, Vol. 23(1), pp. 6-30

KEY FINDINGS
  • The results of this study revealed that roughly two thirds (67% ) of young men and one half (49%) of young women agree that viewing pornography is acceptable.
  • This study also found that nearly 9 out of 10 (87%) young men and nearly one third (31%) of young women reported using pornography.
  • Results also revealed associations between pornography acceptance and use and emerging adults' risky sexual attitudes and behaviors, substance use patterns, and nonmarital cohabitation values.