Psychology Today, a secular magazine, confirmed what Christians have known for a long time: pornography leads to infidelity.
A team of researchers at Florida State University developed an experiment to determine how consuming pornography affects adults’ commitment to romantic relationships.
Feeling less committed to a relationship is one thing. But does the use of pornography also translate into an increased risk of infidelity? At least among college students, the answer appears to be yes.
In a follow-up study, the researchers asked 240 men and women to fill out questionnaires on their pornography viewing habits, their relationship commitment, and how many people they “hooked up” with in the last year, other than their current partner.
They found that as pornography consumption increased, relationship commitment decreased, and the likelihood of having sex with others increased.
The researchers concluded: “Pornography consumption is not only related to weakened commitment in relationships but to the consequences of that decreased commitment, like infidelity.”
It should come as no surprise that people involved in pornography have a decreased desire for and ability to relate to a “real” person.
Basically, pornography is virtual infidelity. God created humans to be relational, which requires interaction with each other. When people live vicariously through virtual images, they begin to lose the motivation to relate to “real” people. In time, they can lose their ability to relate at all.
Internet pornography in particular has greatly increased the number of people failing to have “real” relationships. Some suffer adverse physical problems, such as erectile dysfunction, and others find it nearly impossible to socialize with others in the “real” world. This video explains in detail what happens to people who consume Internet pornography.
And because pornography appeals to mankind’s sexual desire, sexual gratification becomes the ultimate goal to be fulfilled.
But God designed sex as a pleasurable way to bond a husband and wife together, which would increase their desire for and commitment to each other. Fulfillment would be found in their marriage relationship when they devoted themselves to each other.
God designed sexual gratification to be a byproduct of a good relationship.
The other drawback to seeking sexual gratification over relationship is increased risk of infidelity. When sex is the only goal, where you get it no longer matters. This fact explains why prostitution is big business and always will be.
What was the research team’s final analysis?
The people who eliminated or significantly reduced their viewing of pornographic material were significantly more committed to their relationships than those who continued to view the material. These results held true for both men and women.
Click here to read the full article: The Real Effect of Pornography on Relationships