How Porn Affects Your REAL Sex Life

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July 17, 2020

| Medical Xpress – A study has shown that the amount of porn a man watches is linked to worse erectile function.

Watching porn is also associated with greater dissatisfaction with “normal” sex, with only 65% of respondents rating sex with a partner to be more stimulating than porn. This work is presented at the EAU virtual Congress.

Pornography has been increasingly available via the internet since around 2007. This has led to a rapid uptake in use, but there is little information on how increasing porn use might affect erectile function.

Researchers from Belgium, Denmark and the U.K. established an online questionnaire, which was advertised mainly to men in Belgium and Denmark through social media, posters and flyers.

3,267 men replied to the 118 questions, answering questions about masturbation, frequency of porn watching, and sexual activity with partners.

The questionnaire concentrated on men who had had sex within the previous four weeks, which allowed the team to relate the effect of porn watching on sexual activity.

The questionnaire incorporated questions from standard erectile function and sexual health surveys.

Head researcher Professor Gunter de Win of the University of Antwerp and University Hospital Antwerp said,

“We found that there was a big range of responses. In our sample, men watch quite a lot of porn, on average around 70 minutes per week, normally for between five and 15 minutes per time, with obviously some watching very little and some watching much, much more.”

They also found that around 23% of men under 35 who responded to the survey had some level of erectile dysfunction when having sex with a partner. Professor de Win said:

“This figure was higher than we expected. We found that there was a highly significant relationship between time spent watching porn and increasing difficulty with erectile function with a partner … Read more. 

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