Premature Speculation Concerning Pornography’s Effects on Relationships
The possible effects of pornography use on romantic relationships, as well as other outcomes more broadly, are a deeply divisive issue. Partially reflecting public concern regarding the dangers of pornography (Montgomery-Graham, Kohut, Fisher, & Campbell, 2015), much of the accumulated research appears to indicate that pornography use may undermine relationship quality (Wright, Tokunaga, Kraus, & Klann, 2017). There is, however, a minority position that has been critical of the view that pornography harms relationships, which has criticized the existing literature on both methodological and conceptual grounds (Campbell & Kohut, 2017), and pointed to select studies that indicate potential relational benefits of pornography use (see Kohut, Fisher, & Campbell, 2017). It is within this empirical milieu that Leonhardt, Spencer, Butler, and Theobold (2018) proposed a theoretical framework for understanding the effects of sexual media on different aspects of relationship quality. Their...
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