FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Men who watch porn enjoy sex less and tend to try to act out what they see in porn in real life, according to a new study.
The study suggests most commercial porn follows a "homogenous script involving violence and female degradation." Researchers say that, as porn has become a "primary source of sexual education," those codes of behavior become more embedded and the more likely viewers are to use those scripts to act upon real life experiences.
Researchers interviewed 487 heterosexual male college students between the ages of 18 and 29, and asked about their personal relationships and their pornography habits.
They found men who watch pornography several days a week rely on it for arousal and tend to involve it in their sex life by requesting particular pornographic acts. They also found the men who watch porn enjoyed sex less than those who didn't watch porn.
The study was carried out by authors Ana Bridges of the Interpersonal Systems Laboratory, Department of Psychological Science, University of Arkansas; Chyng Sun of the School of Professional Studies at New York University; Jennifer Johnason of the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University; and Matt Ezzell of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at James Madison University, and was published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.