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How Does Viewing Porn Affect Your Relationship?

We are in a time when mainstream media recklessly throw explicit content at her audience. From the adverts, to entertainment (music and movies), and even social media is not left out. Instagram videos of twerking women and the popular “Soapy” dance are quick examples which easily come to mind. We cannot completely blame people for being hyper-sexually charged. Many of these people who cannot risk having multiple sexual partners to live out their fantasies, fall back on Porn. Wondering how viewing porn affects a relationship?

In Nigeria, porn is not a word people like to include in their everyday diction. However, a certain Okonta, owner of one of the pornography websites on the internet disclosed that Nigerians are the largest visitors to the site. According to him, pornography like football (secretly) unifies Nigerians, because viewers cut across all religion, age, gender, and tribe. Porn to many might just be a variant of safe sex. No rubbers. No transport fare hassles. Just internet subscription and an earpiece!

Only a few can wrap their heads around the fact that viewing porn goes beyond viewing explicit videos. Some even think it is a harmless way of getting easier orgasms during masturbation. But there is more to it than any of those. The gratification is just a topping on the long-term consequences of pornography. Research reveals that “married couples who use pornography are more likely to get divorced than men and women who do not. Porn is a driver in making relationships worse, increasing the divorce risk.”

It is important to note that both men and women view pornographic pictures and videos. However, study shows that usage of porn results to lower relationship satisfaction in men. This is because men who habitually look at pornography can get very experimental. They have a higher tolerance for abnormal sexual behaviors, sexual aggression, promiscuity, and even rape. They also begin to view women and even children as commodities or instruments for their pleasure.

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