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Pornography Consumption in the US Examined

J Sex Res; ePub 2018 Oct 25; Solano, et al

Using all modalities of pornography, 91.5% of men and 60.2% of women reported having consumed pornography in the past month, according to a recent study. Researchers investigated measurement issues relating to 4 key areas of pornography research simultaneously in a single data set: 1) differential endorsement across commonly used pornography consumption measures; 2) common modalities of pornography use (eg, pictures, videos); 3) function of pornography use; and 4) association of age and gender with the aforementioned. The sample (n=1,392) of US adults was collected using Amazon Mechanical Turk and included a much wider age range (ages 18–73) than in typical pornography research. They found:

  • The 3 primary modalities of pornography consumed were written pornography, pictures, and videos.
  • Videos were consumed most often, but women were much more likely to consume written pornography than men.
  • The primary function of viewing pornography was to enhance masturbation, but notably there was endorsement of many other uses.

Citation:

Solano I, Eaton NR, O’Leary KD. Pornography consumption, modality and function in a large internet sample. [Published online ahead of print October 25, 2018]. J Sex Res. doi:10.1080/00224499.2018.1532488.