Use of Pornography in a Random Sample of Norwegian Heterosexual Couples
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This study examined the use of pornography in couple relationships to enhance the sex-life. The study contained a representative sample of 398 heterosexual couples aged 22–67 years. Data collection was carried out by self-administered postal questionnaires. The majority (77%) of the couples did not report any kind of pornography use to enhance the sex-life. In 15% of the couples, both had used pornography; in 3% of the couples, only the female partner had used pornography; and, in 5% of the couples, only the male partner had used pornography for this purpose. Based on the results of a discriminant function analysis, it is suggested that couples where one or both used pornography had a more permissive erotic climate compared to the couples who did not use pornography. In couples where only one partner used pornography, we found more problems related to arousal (male) and negative (female) self-perception. These findings could be of importance for clinicians who work with couples.
KeywordsCouples Pornography Internet Sexuality Norway
The newspaper Dagbladet financed this research. The authors would like to thank Dagbladet’s Alexandra Bevefjord for making this study possible. We thank Håkon Kavli at Synovate MMI for making his contribution to describe the study design.
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