Pornography: Good or Bad for Your Mental and Sexual Health?

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Is Watching Porn Good or Bad for Your Physical and Sexual Health?

Watching porn may also cause changes in your life, especially in relationships, and these then tie into some of the mental reasons watching porn may be bad for you.

The American Psychological Association (APA) notes watching porn frequently can lead to:

  • Lower sex quality for couples
  • Decreased intimacy with your partner
  • Emotional withdrawal from the relationship (particularly for men)
  • Addictive behaviors such as not being able to resist the desire of watching porn at work

“When we see our clients with porn problems, we see very similar behavior patterns to those of substance-using clients and they often go together,” says Dr. Jaffe. “The accessibility of porn can make it even more problematic because it requires little money and is incredibly convenient to acquire. That means it can be considered a very cheap and effective drug. “

Snyder adds, “Most of the negative effects of porn occur when you’re doing it a lot. When I talk to a couple and the man is masturbating to porn twice a week, that’s a lot different from if he’s doing it twice a day. In the latter case, the number of orgasms he’s having by himself is going to far outnumber the ones he’s having with his partner.” 

According to Snyder, the situation becomes like Pavlov’s dog: When the man’s partner falls asleep, that’s going to register as a positive sex signal–“time to turn on the porn”–and when the partner wakes up, it’s going to feel like “no more porn for now.”

The man is essentially conditioning himself to turn off to his partner.

This is definitely on the list of why watching pornography might be bad for some people.

“I’ve seen hundreds of couples where that’s happened,” he says. “Once it’s explained to them, he can correct the situation–by making sure he brings more orgasms to bed with his partner than he brings to porn.”

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