Though some claim porn can be a good material when it comes to spicing up a boring relationship, a new research suggests that marriage couples who watch porn double the risk of breaking up.
It’s not only husbands who watch adult materials these days, wives are said to have keen interest in enjoying these materials too–which creates the increase in the risk of divorce.
For this research, sociologists from the University of Oklahoma interviewed thousands of married adults regularly over several years–and found that porn negatively affects those in a happy marriage, the newly married or those from a non-religious home.
However, the research said there “was no increase in the probability of divorce among weekly church-goers because the social stigma of divorce was greater, showing ‘religion has a protective effect on marriage, even in the face of pornography use’.”
Assistant professor Dr Samuel Perry who was part of the research, said: “Beginning pornography use between survey waves nearly doubled one’s likelihood of being divorced by the next survey period, from 6 per cent to 11 per cent, and nearly tripled it for women, from 6 per cent to 16 per cent.”
“Our results suggest that viewing pornography, under certain social conditions, may have negative effects on marital stability,” he added.
The research also found that, viewing pornography had no effect on unhappier marriages, according to the study.
Dr Perry added: “We took this to mean that pornography use – perhaps if it’s discovered by one’s spouse unexpectedly – could rock an otherwise happy marriage to the point of divorce, but it doesn’t seem to make an unhappy marriage any worse than it already is.”