Study suggests pornography use is common for partnered individuals — and unrelated to relationship satisfaction – PsyPost – 2020-08-25

Pornography use does not appear to harm couples’ satisfaction with their relationship, according to new research published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships that collected 13,134 daily surveys from 434 Canadian individuals. The new findings shed light on how the use of explicit material is related to sexual functioning and relationship dynamics.

“Even if we now have some good cross-sectional and longitudinal studies on the subject, we still know very little about the effect of pornography use on romantic relationships. We decided to design this dyadic daily diary study to better understand the very short-term associations between pornography use and the functioning of romantic relationships,” said study author Marie-Pier Vaillancourt-Morel, an assistant professor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and director of the Sexual and Intimate Life Research Lab.

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