New study says perceived pornography addiction can harm romantic relationships

A new study says that self-proclaimed sex addicts may find it hard to secure and maintain romantic relationships.
By Josh Curlee | Apr 18, 2017
A new study says that self-proclaimed sex addicts may find it hard to secure and maintain romantic relationships.

According to the study, perceiving yourself as a porn addict makes you more anxious about starting or continuing a relationship.

Researchers from Brigham Young University, Utah, studied 350 men and 336 women.

The scientists found that self-proclaimed addicts were more likely to agree with statements such as ' I feel unworthy to go on dates because of my pornography use, ' I stop dating when I am using pornography', and 'I have withheld details about my porn use because I am afraid my partner will react negatively.'

"Those who believe themselves to have a problem with pornography start to feel they are undesirable as a romantic partner," said study author Nathan Leonhardt.

The scientists also found that religious porn users were more likely to think of their habit as addiction, regardless of how regularly they used it.

According to Nathan, the reason behind this could be that religious users are often told pornography is morally wrong, and are more likely to experience negative emotions like depression and shame from porn use.

Scientists are still not completely sure about all the reasons that could lead religious porn users to consider themselves addicts.

The researchers did not have information on how often the test participants were using pornography and the way in which they were using it.

"More research should look at whether religious individuals are struggling with uncontrollable pornography use",Nathan said.

The latest report comes after scientists from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel, found that watching porn before a date can make it more successful.

 

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