Socialization and Relationship Outcomes
Pornography and Romantic Relationships
Full Article Name: A Historical and Empirical Review of Pornography and Romantic Relationships: Implications for Family Researchers
Open Access: No
This article provides a broad overview of pornography’s effects on romantic relationships since the late 1960s, examining the literature through the family impact lens and focusing on pornography’s potential influence on relational stability. Pornography’s effects are relevant for consumers, public officials, and family scholars concerned with the stability of committed relationships. In particular, findings suggest that pornography can reduce satisfaction with partners and relationships through contrast effects, reduce commitment by increasing the appeal of relationship alternatives, and increase acceptance of infidelity. Evidence connecting pornography to rape or sexual aggression remains mixed, although these effects continue to have important implications for how romantic partners interact. The theoretical perspectives underlying these effects are discussed.
Rasmussen, K. (2016). A historical and empirical review of pornography and romantic relationships: Implications for family researchers. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 8(2), 173-191. https://doi.org/10.1111/jftr.12141