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Porn Use And Its Link To Sexual Satisfaction For Men

By Arash Emamzadeh writing for Psychology Today


From the article,

People report different motives for using pornography. To illustrate, they use pornography for reasons related to distraction, fantasy, curiosity, stress reduction, boredom avoidance, and of course, sexual pleasure. Despite years of research, it is still unclear whether the benefits of pornography (e.g., pleasure; learning new sexual techniques) outweigh its costs (e.g., reduced sexual satisfaction; lower relationship satisfaction). In the research, men reported lower well-being and sexual satisfaction (e.g., reduced self-esteem/life satisfaction) only when there was a larger difference between their ideal sexual appearances/behaviors and their actual sexual relationships with a partner. Many porn videos feature scenes that are largely unrealistic or rare in real life. For some men, the realization that they cannot, in real life replicate the sexual practices they see in porn can impact these men’s self-esteem and masculinity in a negative way.

Read the full article at Psychology Today