Study: Rise of internet porn could be to blame for lower marriage rates

Study: Rise of internet porn could be to blame for lower marriage rates

The rise of Internet pornography could be contributing to lower marriage rates, a study has found.

Men use online porn for ‘low cost sexual gratification’ because they don’t have to deal with the emotional complexities of a relationship.

The researchers said it was ‘disrupting traditional family arrangements’ and backed Britain’s porn filter – because it may increase marriage rates.

In their paper the researchers write: ‘If one of the important reasons to get married has a low cost alternative, then it is natural to wonder about the extent to which one can replace the other.

‘The results in this paper suggest that such an association exists, and that it is potentially quite large.’

 The team looked at American data on how 1,500 men aged 18-35 years old used the Internet between 2000 and 2004, when Internet porn was nowhere near as prevalent as it is now.In particular they looked at how much time the men spent on the Internet, and how much porn they looked at in the past 30 days.

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