Studies have shown that pornography has several significant effects on an individual. A study in 2000 conducted by Oddone-Paolucci, Genuis, and Violato revealed information on the correlation between pornography consumption and behaviour (Oddone-Paolucci et al., 2000). Out of 12,323 people, eighty-five percent of people were sampled from the U.S.A, eleven percent from Canada, and two studies were done in Europe (Oddone-Paolucci et al., 2000). Overall, the analysis of the results showed “a thirty-one percent increase in the risk of sexual deviancy, a twenty-two percent increase in the risk of sexual perpetration, a twenty percent increase in the risk of experiencing negative intimate relationships, and a thirty-one percent increase in the risk of believing rape myths.” (Oddone-Paolucci et al., 2000). The term “rape myth” is defined as ‘beliefs held by a person or persons regarding the act of rape, rapists, and victims of rape’ (Oddone-Paolucci et al., 2000). This also means that men who have rape myths are less understanding of rape victims and less likely to convict a rapist if on a jury (Oddone-Paolucci et al., 2000). Women with rape myth acceptance are less likely to report a rape crime or be supportive of rape victims (Oddone-Paolucci et al., 2000). Pornography is a negative influence in rape myth acceptance.
Furthermore, Allen, D’Alessio, and Emmers-Sommer, to show the link between pornography and sex offenders, conducted thirteen studies (Allen et al., 2000). Factors of the studies included “(a) frequency of pornography use, (b) age of first exposure, (c) the degree to which pornography was a direct prelude to a sexual act, and (d) the degree of sexual arousal evoked by the sexually explicit material.” (Allen et al., 2000). After exposure to pornography, the results showed that criminals were much more likely than non-offenders to perform a sexual act (Allen et al., 2000). Moreover, it is proven that repeated exposure to pornography especially deviant forms plays a huge role in shaping a male’s fantasies, outlook on life, and overall beliefs (Lalumiere et al., 2005).
Impact on Marriage and Relationships:
The consumption of pornography can cause instability in a marital relationship and even create a risk of separation. According to the information presented in the General Social Survey, taken in 2000, people who said they were in a happy marriage were sixty-one percent less likely to watch pornography in contrast to those who were Internet users and participated in the survey (Stack et al., 2004). Another study conducted by Bridges, Bergner and Hesson-McInnis, concluded “married women are significantly more distressed by a partner’s online pornography consumption than women in dating relationships, and that Internet pornography consumption is viewed as a threat to the relationship.” (Bridges et al., 2003). Furthermore, another studied looked at the consumption of common nonviolent pornography on males and females (Zillman &...