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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 48, Issue 8, pp 2279–2281 | Cite as

Sexual Media as Competition in the Heterosexual Relationship Market

  • Mark RegnerusEmail author
Commentary

In their Target Article, Leonhardt, Spencer, Butler, and Theobald (2018) do not just offer readers a review of research. Rather, they organize what has been said in such a way as to make better sense of the scope and effects of a surging practice—the consumption of sexual media.

The punchline, repeated multiple times, is that sexual media may be congruent with short-term sexual “quality,” however, measured, but poses a problem for long-term relationship success. My observations from years spent assessing and writing about sexual relationship development among American young adults are illuminated by what Leonhardt et al. (2018) have done here; what they asserted resonates. Pornography usage rates are climbing with access and content provision, as even rough population estimates have revealed (Regnerus, Gordon, & Price, 2016). We are getting better at measuring this, but further improvement is imperative.

Toward that end, Leonhardt et al. (2018) discussed the quandary of measuring...

Notes

Acknowledgements

Dr. Regnerus receives monetary payment for providing writing, editing, evaluation, and networking services to the Witherspoon Institute. The business interests of Witherspoon Institute relate to the topic of this study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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