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Religion, Porn, Sexual Satisfaction Link Examined

J Sex Res; ePub 2018 Jan 29; Perry, Whitehead

The connection between pornography use and sexual satisfaction, especially for men, depends largely on what viewing pornography means to consumers and their moral community and less so on the practice itself, according to a recent study. Prior research has often demonstrated a negative association between pornography use and various intrapersonal and relationship outcomes, particularly for men. In this current study, researchers tested and examined how religion potentially moderates the link between pornography use and sexual satisfaction in a national random sample of American adults (n= 1,501). They found:

  • Analyses demonstrated that while pornography use was negatively associated with sexual satisfaction for American men (not women), among men who rarely attended religious services or held a low opinion of the Bible, this negative association essentially disappeared.
  • Conversely, the negative association between frequency of pornography consumption and sexual satisfaction was more pronounced for men with stronger ties to conventional religion.
Citation:

Perry SL, Whitehead AL. Only bad for believers? Religion, pornography use, and sexual satisfaction among American men. [Published online ahead of print January 28, 2018]. J Sex Res. doi:10.1080/00224499.2017.1423017.

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