Study: Men Who Watch More Porn ‘Have Better Sex Lives’

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It turns out porn is not nearly as bad for you as the anti-porn crowd would suggest.

A new study published in the online journal Sexual Medicine suggests that men who regularly watch porn may enjoy greater desire and sexual arousal when having sex with their partners.

Researchers from Concordia University and UCLA surveyed 280 men, asking them how many hours per week they spent watching porn, their levels of sexual desire and their experiences with erectile function.

The men, half of whom were in serious relationships, were then asked to watch porn and then rated their own levels of arousal.

The Huffington Post adds:

The researchers found that men who watched porn at home were more aroused when they watched “vanilla” porn in the lab, suggesting that watching that watching porn may not have a desensitizing effect, as is commonly said. The researchers also found no correlation between watching porn and erectile dysfunction.

“Viewing more sex films was associated with a stronger sex drive, including the desire to have sex with a partner, so sex films may be able to ‘stoke the fire,'” Prause told The Huffington Post in an email.

Of course, researchers acknowledged, it’s possible the men who watched more porn had a stronger sex drive in the first place. But the findings still suggest that many popular stereotypes about porn don’t hold up — and that watching porn may indeed have a place in a healthy sex life within a relationship.

“The most common error of thinking with respect to men and porn is that all porn is bad for men all of the time,” Prause said. “The truth is probably that some porn is good for some men in some situations. The challenge is to identify when sex films are most likely to be helpful.”