Best Study Ever Says Watching Porn Is Good For You

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Jessica Renae Buxbaum
Your porn addiction can actually help your sex life.

Why porn might actually be good for you

The average man spends up to three months of his life watching porn, an amount considered harmful by scientific studies, the general public and even movies like Don Jon which link the excessive consumption to a decrease in sexual desire. Yet a new study claims the opposite — that watching porn breeds a positive effect on your sex life.

In Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a porn addict who has trouble being fully satisfied by sex because of his porn consumption. This notion is further hashed out in psychiatrist Norman Doidge’s book The Brain That Changes Itself, in which he wrote that his patients who watched porn experienced “increasing difficulty in being turned on by their actual sexual partners” and had to fantasize about porn scenes to get turned on.

Yet scientists at the University of California tested this theory with 280 men and found that the more porn watched, the higher the arousal. Men who watched two hours of porn each week were found to have the highest level of arousal and a stronger desire for “solo-sex” and sex with their real-life partners. The researchers also found no correlation between watching porn and erectile dysfunction.

"This pattern suggests that those who view more visual sexual stimuli (VSS) are likely to have a higher sexual drive," researchers Nicole Prause and James Pfaus wrote in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

While the study does enlighten our perspectives on porn, the data isn't potentially groundbreaking. The men were all in their 20s, so the lack of diversity here is questionable. And it could be argued that men who watch a significant amount of porn already have high sex drives to begin with — meaning their arousal levels are not necessarily a direct result of the porn viewed.

Either way, though, this study hints that too much porn can really only benefit everyone's (dudes and their partners) sex lives.

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