Watching porn may lead to divorce: Study

New York (IANS): Watching porn may be detrimental for your married life as this leads to people accepting extra-marital affairs as a “normal and rewarding” thing – leading to divorce.

According to a study, the more a person watches porn, the more likely he/she is in a state of accepting extra-marital affairs.

“If pornography consumption leads to more positive extra-marital sex attitudes as the results suggest, porn may be a contributing factor in some divorces via extra-marital sex behaviour,” the researchers emphasised.

To prove their point, researchers used data from 551 married adults collected by the General Social Survey in the US.

Participants were asked questions like, “Have you seen an X-rated movie in the last year?” and “What is your opinion about a married person having sexual relations with someone other than the marriage partner?”

“Porn consumption was associated with more positive subsequent extra-marital sex attitudes,” the researchers were quoted as saying in a Huffington Post report.

The study appeared in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture.

THE VOICE adds:

One Christian magazine notes that pornography is highly addictive, with some researchers and therapists even likening it to crack cocaine.

It also points out: “People who indulge in pornography often cover up their habit. They are secretive and deceitful. Not surprisingly, many suffer from feelings of isolation, shame, anxiety, depression, and anger. In some cases, they even develop suicidal tendencies.”

Testifying before a U.S. Senate committee, Dr. Judith Reisman, a leading researcher on pornography, said: “Pornographic visual images imprint and alter the brain, triggering an instant, involuntary, but lasting, biochemical memory trail [that is] difficult or impossible to delete.”

“Couples and families break up over porn,” say Wendy and Larry Maltz in “The Porn Trap.”

The magazine mentioned above also notes: “Pornography can also hurt children more directly. [One person] explains: “When I was about ten, I accidentally found my father’s pornographic magazines while playing hide-and-seek. I started looking at them secretly, not really understanding why I was attracted to such images. That started a destructive cycle that lasted way into my adult years.” Studies show that pornography can influence adolescents to become sexually active at younger ages and also to become promiscuous, sexually violent, and emotionally and psychologically unstable.”

 

THE magazine had some very interesting statistics about pornography:

* EVERY SECOND: Nearly 30,000 persons view pornographic Web sites.

* EVERY MINUTE: Internet users send more than 1.7 MILLION pornographic e-mails.

* EVERY HOUR: Nearly TWO hard-core pornographic videos are released in the United States.

* EVERY DAY: An average of more than TWO MILLION pornographic movies are rented in the United States alone.

* EVERY MONTH: Nearly 9 out of 10 young men and 3 out of 10 young women in the United States view pornography.

* EVERY YEAR: The global pornography industry generates an estimated $100 BILLION (U.S.)