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Consequences of Pornography Use

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Introduction and objectives: The consumption of online pornography worldwide totals more than 21,000 million visits per year. While the USA is in the first place, Spain is in the thirteenth place, according to the latest statistics. The money generated exceeds the combined revenues of sports industries like football, baseball, basketball or joint billing for televisions like NBC, CBS or ABC. Since the 1990s, there have been a number of studies supporting that the use of online pornography has harmful consequences for people such as facilitating aggressive sexual behaviour, objectifying women, promoting gender stereotypes and sexual roles, promoting promiscuity, generating family and couples troubles or producing sexual dysfunctions. The objective of this study is to obtain a scientific and empirical approximation to the type of consumption of the Spanish population, the time they use in such consumption, the negative impact it has on the person and how anxiety is affected when it is not possible to access to it. Population sample: The study has a sample of Spanish internet users (N = 2.408). Methods: An 8-item survey was developed through an online platform that provides information and psychological counselling on the harmful consequences of pornography consumption. To reach diffusion among the Spanish population, the survey was promoted through social networks and media. Results, conclusions y recommendations: The results show that one third of the participants had suffered negative consequences in family, social, academic or work environment. In addition, 33% spent more than 5 hours connected for sexual purposes, using pornography as a reward and 24% had anxiety symptoms if they could not connect. For further investigations it would be interesting to develop a quantitative research study about the link between different levels of anxiety and personality trails and the negative impact on the different users of pornography. URL: http://www.jsm.jsexmed.org/article/S1743-6095(17)30693-8/fulltext
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The Internet has made pornography available on a massive scale. Data released by “Pornhub” the world’s most popular Internet porn site, reveal that in 2019 alone, there were over 42 billion visits to its website, which in itself is an incredible waste of time and energy, which could be more fruitfully employed. Pornography viewing is poisonous for the conscience and commodifies the human body, reducing it to an object of abusive pleasure. Its negative effects can be broadly seen in three overlapping categories: personal, psychological, and social. The antidote is a renewed call to chastity, that self-mastery that can help direct one’s passions in a more fruitful way. Without prayer, we cannot live chastely as “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). There is an urgency for the new evangelization to help recapture the dignity of the body and counter the lie of pornography, and to ensure that in the digital world, the face of Christ needs to be seen and his voice heard. Summary The first part of this essay outlines some personal, psychological, and social dangers of pornography. Viewing of pornography is harmful, as it objectifies the human body and distorts one’s vision of sexuality. The second part of the essay gives some practical advice concerning how to ideally halt or reverse the epidemic of porn viewing, emphasizing the dignity of each person as subject, and reminding us of how a chaste gaze helps one rediscover the real beauty and value of the human body.
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Introduction: Despite the various investigations carried out to date, the debate on the possible harmful consequences of pornography remains open. There are different opinions on the possible negative or positive consequences of its use. Some authors argue that these consequences are measured by other variables such as attachment, sex education or personality traits, which will determine their magnitude. Method: The objective of this study is to obtain a brief and general approximation to the type of consumption of a Spanish-Speaking population (N=3.700), through a short survey, in order to meet a starting point that allows us to continue the research in this field. Results: The results highlight that 30- 45% of the participants could be suffering some difficulties derived from pornography use in different areas (Family, Social, Academic or Work), being unable to stop looking at pornography and using pornography as emotional regulation strategy. A large percentage of participants (55-70%) do not suffer any consequences. Only 7,06% of the subjects spent more money on online sex material than they had planned. Conclusions: It would be interesting to conduct an in-depth evaluation of the possible effects of pornography use and the variables that mediate this process, such as sexual education, personality traits, morality or attachment. RESUMEN Introducción: A pesar de las diversas investigaciones realizadas hasta la fecha, el debate sobre las posibles consecuencias perjudiciales de la pornografía sigue abierto. Existen diferentes opiniones sobre las posibles consecuencias negativas o positivas de su uso. Algunos autores sostienen que estas consecuencias se miden por otras variables como el apego, la educación sexual o los rasgos de personalidad, que determinarán su magnitud. Método: El objetivo de este estudio es obtener una breve y general aproximación al tipo de consumo de una población de habla hispana (N=3.700), a través de una breve encuesta, con el fin de conocer un punto de partida que nos permita continuar la investigación en este campo. Resultados: Los resultados ponen de manifiesto que entre el 30-45% de los participantes podrían estar sufriendo algunas dificultades derivadas del uso de la pornografía en diferentes ámbitos (familiar, social, académico o laboral), siendo incapaces de dejar de ver la pornografía y de utilizar la pornografía como estrategia de regulación emocional. Un gran porcentaje de participantes (55- 70%) no sufre ninguna consecuencia. Sólo el 7,06% de los sujetos gastaron más dinero en material de sexo en línea de lo que habían planeado. Conclusiones: Sería interesante realizar una evaluación en profundidad de los posibles efectos del uso de la pornografía y de las variables que intervienen en este proceso, como la educación sexual, los rasgos de personalidad, la moralidad o el apego.
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