Significant increases in pornography [for the purposes of the study, it will be interchangeable with sexuallyexplicitmaterial (SEM)] has prompted researchers to further explore its impact on users and
Research indicates that excessive pornography use can negatively impact romantic relationships. However, it is unclear whether these negative outcomes are different than negative outcomes produced by other compulsive or addictive behaviors, such as drug use. This study compared perceptions of relationship outcomes from either a romantic partner's excessive marijuana or pornography use. Furthermore, this study experimentally manipulated four factors potentially related to perceptions of relationship satisfaction and addictive behavior.
A total of 186 college-aged women read 16 scenarios describing heterosexual romantic relationships in which one partner used either pornography or marijuana. Each scenario varied on four variables: relationship commitment, secrecy of partner's behavior, frequency of partner's behavior, and context of partner's behavior.
Results suggest that partner pornography and marijuana use are perceived to impact romantic relationships similarly and are influenced by similar factors, such as greater frequency, higher secrecy, and partner's availability for interaction.
Such findings are consistent with recommendations by professionals that compulsive pornography use be considered worthy of treatment intervention.
Sexuallyexplicitmaterial (SEM) is highly attractive especially for men as shown by epidemiological studies on pornography use ( Beutel et al., 2017 ; Wright, 2013 ). While most people use SEM for
reinforcement motivations are related to addictive behaviors ( Steinberg et al., 2008 ). As the Internet contains many opportunities for engaging in OSAs (relating to pornography viewing, sharing of sexuallyexplicitmaterials, etc.), individuals with higher SSS
et al. ( 2017 ) found only a positive linear relationship between problematic Internet pornography use and approach–avoidance scores on an AAT modified with sexuallyexplicitmaterial. Moreover, in a neuroimaging study, individuals with problematic
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use of sexuallyexplicitmaterial to cope with anxiety or dysphoric mood ( Kor et al., 2014 ; Kraus, Meshberg-Cohen, Martino, Quinones, & Potenza, 2015 ; Kraus, Potenza, Martino, & Grant, 2015 ; Kraus & Rosenberg, 2014 ). Problematic use of
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( 2017 ). Longitudinal associations between the use of sexuallyexplicitmaterial and adolescents’ attitudes and behaviors: A narrative review of studies . Journal of Adolescence, 57, 119 – 133 . doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2017