Study finds 3 types of people watch porn online – which one are you?

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Here’s a fact for you – last year people spent more than 4.6 BILLION hours watching adult videos on PornHub. And that’s just one site.

Here’s another fact, data from 2013, revealed that porn sites get more visitors that Netflix, Amazon and Twitter and combined.

There’s no denying the world’s obsession with watching porn online.

However, a new study suggests that not all porn viewers are the same and that that people who view porn online can be split into three groups – with only one of the groups deemed ‘healthy’.

The study conducted by the Université Laval in Quebec examined the different profiles of porn views and determined whether watching porn online affects a user’s sexual wellbeing.

Researchers said that 830 people took part in the study, 71.8 percent were women, while 28.2 percent of participants were men.

The group were asked to complete questions which assessed how compulsive their porn habit was.

Participants were a mixture of people who described themselves as being in committed relationships, those who were dating and those who said they were single.

The majority identfied themselves as hetrosexual (81.8%), while some said they were bisexual (11.6%) or homosexual (5.8).

The study, which was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, found that length of time spent watching porn online divided them into three different categories: recreational, distressed and compulsive viewers.

Recreational users were found to watch an average of 24 minutes of porn online each week. This group was mainly made up people in relationships who scored low on impulsivity and emotional distress. They also reported higher levels of sexual satisfaction.

Distressed users watched an average of 17 minutes of porn online per week. However, the study found these individuals were often left feeling ashamed, guilty and even disgusted with themselves for watching porn online.

Compulsive users, which were mostly found to be men, watched an average of 110 minutes of porn per week. The researchers said this group’s behaviour may result in avoidance of sexual interactions with their partner.

In an interview with PsyPost, Vaillancourt-Morel said that the main message of the study is that porn users are “a heterogeneous population in which distinct subgroups experience quite different sexual outcomes”, meaning porn creates problems for two groups of people, but for the majority, there were no negative sexual outcomes.

So if you watch around 24 minutes or less of porn per week, science says you’re OK.

Via: NYMag

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