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There are many elements essential for maintaining a happy and healthy romantic relationship. We often hear about the detrimental effects of pornographic movies, pictures, and literature on real-life human interaction. However, porn is inescapable. All adult males have at least some pornography experience, and women also watch porn, although they do it less often. So, how much of the bad rap is true?

Recent Research

Most of the widely covered studies usually exclusively delve into the negative effects while completely overlooking the benefits. This attitude is changing. A recent review published in Current Opinion in Psychology highlights this weakness of the preceding research and looks into the positive effects of porn as well as its flipside. Based on such research, it is safe to assume that pornography can be used as a tool to improve your relationship. Here is how.

In the study, couples watched adult movies together over a period of several weeks and reported their reactions. Here is what the research found:

  • The couples wanted and had more sex in comparison with the control group who did not watch any porn;
  • An increased desire for closeness was often reported;
  • The participants noticed a boost in sexual confidence;
  • Most importantly, their view of the romantic partner did not change;
  • Naturally, porn is still a problem when only one partner consumes it. This causes higher “dysfunction” and deteriorated “erotic climate”. However, when adult content is watched by both partners, the effects are reversed.

More Benefits

Even more positive effects were revealed in an older study conducted by The Institute Of Technology Sydney. Respondents reported feeling less repressed and more open-minded about sex, as well as increased tolerance of diversity and other people’s sexualities. Other positive effects included more attention to the partner’s pleasure, use of porn for sexual education, and helping to maintain sexual interest in the long-term.

Importantly, the listed effects were shown to be more common than the feared objectification of sexual partners. This only shows that pornography is not the absolute evil it is said to be. When couples watch porn together, they report a host of positive effects, which should be studied further.

Interestingly, there is a difference between the effects of adult content on men and women. While men’s use of porn can be linked to the lower relationship and sexual fulfillment, women’s use of pornography may lead to higher sexual and relationship fulfillment. The key to a satisfying relationship, as studies show, is that porn must be a shared experience, rather than secret solitary me-time.

Overall, studies suggest that adult video content can exert a number of possible effects on human relationships, some of which are positive and should not be disregarded.

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