Users of porn more likely to need it to stay aroused in real-life sexual encounters

Users of porn more likely to need it to stay aroused in real-life sexual encounters

Men who regularly watch pornography are more likely to depend on it to stay aroused but are less likely to enjoy sex with a real-life partner, a new study says.

The “media scripts” that men absorb when they view pornography can play a role in their sexual activities, said Arkansas psychologist Ana Bridges and other academics in New York and Virginia.

After studying 487 male college students, the researchers found that the more men used pornography, the more likely they were to try to act out the same scenes and rely on pornography-inspired fantasies to engage in sex.

“Pornography is sometimes dismissed, celebrated or problematized as fantasy,” and many people use it “as a form of entertainment,” Ms. Bridges, associate professor of psychology at the University of Arkansas, wrote in the December issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.

“[B]ut pornography is also much more,” she said. “What happens on the screen may implicate life off of it.”

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