Behavior and Social Issues

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 159–193 | Cite as

Behavioral Sexual Maladaption Contagion in America: An Applied Theoretical Analysis

  • V. Thomas Mawhinney


Massive increases in the availability and explicitness of pornography in the United States are correlated with increasing rates of sexually maladaptive behaviors. Correlation-causation issues are acknowledged and barriers to resolving this molar question are noted. However, agreement among various theoretical predictions and experimental findings on functional relations between pornography and behavior suggest that changes in the intensity and prevalence of certain classes of pornographic stimuli have probably contributed to increased rates of maladaptive sexual behavior in the US. New conceptions of behavioral contagion and social entropy are offered to unify this field of information into an explanatory whole that suggests a resulting decrease in cultural viability. I advise an experimental reversal of current culturally endemic pornographic self-stimulatory practices.


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  1. 1.Indiana University South BendSouth Bend IndianaUSA

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