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#9 – Is Porn Bad for Your Marriage?

Can porn negatively impact a marriage?

This week on The Science of Sex, Joe and Dr. Zhana went deeper into a rather controversial topic involving the impact that watching pornography can have on marital quality and longevity. They interviewed Dr. Samuel L. Perry, an assistant professor of sociology and religious studies at the University of Oklahoma, about two of his recent studies, both of which included nationally representative samples of married US adults that were followed over several years.

One study, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, found married persons who watched porn more often in 2006 reported significantly lower levels of marital quality 6 years later in 2012, after controlling for initial levels of marital quality and other relevant factors. The second study, published in the Journal of Sex Research, found that the probability of divorce roughly doubled for married Americans who started watching porn in the 2-year period between the two survey waves, while discontinuing pornography use between survey waves was associated with a lower probability of divorce, though only for women. So not only was porn use linked to lower marital satisfaction, but also actual divorce.

Read study discussed here.

About Our Guest

For more of Dr. Perry’s work, you can read his book, Growing God’s Family: The Global Orphan Care Movement and the Limits of Evangelical Activism, in which explores American evangelical activism surrounding adoption and foster care. He is currently finishing a second book on how pornography shapes the lives of American evangelicals.

Don’t Miss This Week’s Foreplay…

We warmed up with a little Foreplay about the latest accusations of sexual assault in the media. TV host and sports broadcaster Leeann Tweeden accused Senator Al Franken of groping her in her sleep on a 2006 USO tour, and Terry Crews publicly named Adam Venit, the high-powered talent agent, he claims groped him at an industry party.

On a more positive note, Germany’s highest court ruled that the nation’s government must introduce a third gender for the categorization of people who do not identify as either male or female, or are born with ambiguous sexual anatomy. The decision by the Federal Constitutional Court means that the legislature must add the new status to all civil documents, or dispense with gender identification altogether. Read full article here.

Afterglow

We closed this weeks episode with some Afterglow about infidelity. In her new book State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity, Esther Perel says that since the 90s, the rate of married women who have cheated has increased by 40 per cent. The rates among men, however, have not changed. Speaking of cheating, a new study has pinpointed exactly when such behavior is most-likely to occur in a marriage. Published in the Journal of Sex Research, the data reveals women are most likely to cheat between six and ten years of being in a relationship, and men are most likely to do so after 11 years.

Rethinking Infidelity

When is cheating likely to happen






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