Decades of studies from major institutions have demonstrated significant impacts of porn consumption for individuals, relationships, and society.

Research Has Caught Up With ConsumptionWhere consuming substances like tobacco and cocaine were once socially acceptable and even believed to have health benefits, research has shown us their harmful effects. The same can be said about pornography.


Porn Affects Individuals Although porn consumption promises to help individuals relax and relieve their stress, a growing number of studies have found that porn consumption is actually linked to poor mental health outcomes. Laird, R. D., Marrero, M. D., Melching, J. A., And Kuhn, E. S. (2013). Information Management Strategies In Early Adolescence: Developmental Change In Use And Transactional Associations With Psychological Adjustment. Developmental Psychology 49, 5: 928–937 COPY1

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Porn Affects Relationships Research has found that after being exposed to softcore sexual material, both men and women tend to report that they are significantly less happy with their partner’s looks and sexual performance and often report feeling less love for their partner or spouse compared to those who don’t consume porn. Zillmann, D. And Bryant, J. (1988). Pornography’s Impact On Sexual Satisfaction. Journal Of Applied Social Psychology 18, 5: 438–53. COPY2 Bridges, A. J. (2010). Pornography’s Effect On Interpersonal Relationships. In J. Stoner And D. Hughes (Eds.) The Social Costs Of Pornography: A Collection Of Papers (Pp. 89–110). Princeton, NJ: Witherspoon Institute. COPY3

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Porn Affects Society Of the millions of global human trafficking victims, a little less than a quarter—about 22 percent—are trafficked for sex acts. Moreso, nearly half of sex trafficking victims report that pornography was made of them while they were in bondage. International Labour Organization. (2014). Profits And Poverty: The Economics Of Forced Labour. Retrieved From Http://Www.Ilo.Org/Wcmsp5/Groups/Public/—Ed_norm/—Declaration/Documents/Publication/Wcms_243391.Pdf COPY4 Thorn, “A Report On The Use Of Technology To Recruit, Groom, And Sell Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victim (2015). Retrieved From Https://Www.Wearethorn.Org/Wp-Content/Uploads/2015/02/Survivor_Survey_r5.pdf COPY5

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