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Porn-Watching By Married Couples Jacks Divorce Risk Rate Up Nearly 200 Percent

It was once thought that married couples who wanted to spice things up in the bedroom could do so by turning on a little porn and watching pornographic movies together. The thought process went as follows: With no one member of the married couple sneaking off to watch porn without the other party present, there wasn’t much harm. However, a new study about married people watching porn is questioning that logic — and even finds that viewing X-rated content isn’t helpful for a happy marriage, but can be harmful.

As reported by the Daily Mail, a University of Oklahoma study revealed that married couples who watched porn increased their risk of divorce by nearly 200 percent — more than doubling their chances of heading to divorce court.

Instead of porn scenarios spicing up a marriage, watching porn had a negative effect upon people in happy marriages. Those who were already in unhappy marriages who also watched porn didn’t experience any effect upon their marriages, claim the experts that interviewed porn-watching married couples.

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The study also revealed just how much times had changed when it comes to who actually watches porn. Once upon a time, porn-watching seemed to be in the realm of the viewing pleasure of mostly men. However, the publication reports that almost 33 percent of women watch pornographic videos or view explicit photos at least one time per week.

Most of these women view porn on their phones — and those married women that do so are nearly three times as likely to desire a divorce.

The University of Oklahoma findings about porn come after the experts talked to thousands of married people over the span of several years. Not only did the pundits discover that porn has put a damper on people in happy marriages, but they also learned that porn negatively affects people who are new to marriage — as well as those who don’t come from religious households.

The difference in the divorce rate among religious versus non-religious households was due to the bad manner in which divorce is viewed among church-goers. The interview findings unveiled the fact that divorce risk rates for women jumped from 6 percent to 16 percent for porn-watchers, in between the waves of the survey periods.

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Overall, researchers learned that watching porn could have a bad impact on the stability of a happy marriage. Couples who might have only had a 3 percent chance of getting divorced and described themselves as very happy in their marriage during their initial interview surged to a 12 percent chance of getting divorced by the time the follow-up survey occurred, if they were porn-watchers.

The findings indicate that porn-watching within a happy marriage could rock that happy marriage for a number of reasons. One member of the marriage might have watched porn then had their porn-watching discovered by their spouse — either the husband or the wife. However, if one did discover their spouse watching porn and decided to pick up the porn-watching habit, the findings did not indicate this would lessen their chance of divorce.

Instead, the findings revealed that wives who quit watching porn experience a 6 percent decrease in divorce probability. Those wives who continued to watch porn experience a higher divorce risk rate of 18 percent. Oddly, husbands who ceased to watch porn did not experience an effect upon their divorce rate risk.

In the end, the study revealed how online porn can damage happy marriages, as well as the sexual health of unmarried young men who find themselves not able to perform due to porn-induced dysfunction.

Recently, Elizabeth Smart revealed how horrible her kidnapping ordeal became so much worse, reported CBS News, due to her captor’s porn-viewing habits.

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