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A New Study Says Men Who View More Pornography Experience More Sexual Difficulties

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A study of 312 men has suggested a link between pornography viewing and sexual dysfunction, namely an increase in “erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation, decreased sexual satisfaction, and diminished libido during partnered sex.”

San Diego researchers led by Dr. Matthew Christman surveyed hundreds of male patients between the ages of 20 and 40 at a military urology clinic; most were reportedly white, married and heterosexual.

Researchers found that 20% of the men “used” porn three to five times weekly and that 4% preferred masturbating to porn more than sex with an actual partner.

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That in and of itself isn’t so surprising. However, the study also said that there’s increasing evidence that internet pornography may actually condition men’s sexual arousal responses and influence their real-life sexuaal behavior.

Web pornography’s unique properties — like “limitless novelty, potential for easy escalation to more extreme material and video format” — may create conditions that “do not readily transition to real-life partners,” researchers say. As a result, “sex with desired partners may not register as meeting expectations and arousal declines.”

Interestingly, the study also surveyed 48 women and found that 61% did not view pornography at all. Thus, it’s unclear whether pornography similarly effects women.

The study’s findings were recently presented at the 112th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association in Boston this last weekend.

Previous studies have blamed pornography for a decrease in sex drive and an increase in anal sex among young people. The state of Tennessee even recently considered voting to declare pornography “a public health crisis” although disagreements persist on whether porn addiction actually exists.

Regardless, this recent study shows that porn effects sex lives whether it’s addictive or not. Christman adds “Traditional factors that once explained men’s sexual difficulties appear insufficient to account for the sharp rise” in men reporting sexual difficulties over the last decade.

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