Are Pornography Users More Likely to Experience a Romantic Breakup? Evidence from Longitudinal Data

  title={Are Pornography Users More Likely to Experience a Romantic Breakup? Evidence from Longitudinal Data},
  author={Samuel L. Perry and J. Timothy Davis},
  journal={Sexuality \& Culture},
Previous research suggests that pornography use, under certain circumstances, may negatively influence the quality of romantic relationships. Yet we still know relatively little about whether watching pornography is associated with the stability of romantic relationships later on. This study examined whether Americans who use pornography, either at all or more frequently, are more prone to report experiencing a romantic breakup over time. Longitudinal data were taken from the 2006 and 2012… 
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