Do Women who Watch Porn Enjoy Sex More? This New Study Shows They Don’t

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If you’re a longtime Fighter, you may not be surprised to hear that there is a growing body of research linking higher porn consumption with decreased enjoyment during sex.

Most of the research on sexual desire and porn focuses on men, seeing as it’s often assumed that they consume porn and women don’t. This is compounded by the growing number of porn-induced erectile dysfunction cases and researchers’ search for answers.

More recently, as the numbers of women consuming porn have increased, researchers have turned their attention to understanding the female experience with porn and sex.

This year, a new study was published on this topic, and its findings may be a shock to those who think porn increases libido.

Porn’s effects on women

The purpose of the study was to answer a few questions: How does porn consumption relate to heterosexual women’s thoughts and feelings during sex with a partner? Does porn affect the way she feels about herself and her body during sex?

Here’s what they found.

Academics surveyed over 700 women in the US between the ages of 18-29 to better understand these questions. First off, they shed some light on the amount of porn in these women’s lives. For example, 83% said they had seen pornography before, 43.5% said they use porn for arousal, and then half of those women said they only use porn about once a month.

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More than half of the women surveyed said they never use porn for sexual purposes. Only 0.7% reported daily consumption. The researcher’s conclusion was young women either incorporate porn into their sexual practice or they avoid it.

These numbers are lower compared to previous surveys. The thing to remember is that porn is available everywhere, from around the world to your world on your smartphone. While it’s practically impossible to survey everyone woman on the planet about their porn habits, they do continue to estimate based on their sample size.

Given what is known about porn being overwhelmingly aggressive toward women and how hypersexualized media diminishes girls’ self-esteem and body image, the researchers assumed porn would negatively affect women’s sexual experiences.

They weren’t wrong.

Surprising results

After analyzing the survey results, researchers found a significant link between porn use and thoughts of porn during sex with a partner. This included a higher recall of porn images during sex with a partner, more reliance on porn for achieving and maintaining arousal, and even a preference for porn over sex with a partner.

Here’s where it gets a little confusing. There was no direct link between watching porn and feeling insecure about sex. Instead, there was an indirect link between thinking about porn during sex and insecurities. So what’s the difference? It’s pretty subtle, but pretty important.

Basically, in a sexual encounter, if a woman starts to think about the porn she’s just watched, she may feel insecure about her performance. That’s when the enjoyment of the whole experience is lessened.

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The more porn a woman watches, the more she thinks about porn during sex and relies on thoughts of porn to stay in the mood.

The more she thinks about porn during sex, the more she feels insecure about her appearance during sex, and she no longer enjoys real-life intimate parts of sex like kissing or caressing—the parts porn cuts out. It doesn’t sound like a very enjoyable cycle, does it?

The researchers didn’t think so either. Their final conclusion was that porn consumption may not improve a woman’s sexual experience with a partner.

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Why this matters

Sexual satisfaction is a big deal to people in relationships—and women are no exception to that. But what happens when porn is added to a woman’s sex life?

Consider the high levels of violence in porn. The majority is perpetrated by men against women. Now consider how porn plays an increasing role in sexual exploration and education for girls and boys. Those roles, attitudes, and behaviors can influence their real-life future experiences.

Yet some women say porn has been a positive influence in their lives, increasing a sense of empowerment. In other studies, women reported feeling embarrassed and uncomfortable when viewing porn and negatively comparing themselves to the women they see in porn. Other studies show no conclusive relationship between porn and a woman’s body dissatisfaction. How can there be so many competing results, and which is accurate?

Related: How Porn Can Change What You Think Is Sexually Attractive Or Arousing

Just as men and women are different, so are women from other women. Each is unique with their own ideas, opinions, and experiences, and this includes porn. But based on the wider field of research, it’s clear porn itself should be treated with caution. It isn’t a harmless wellness trend that you can try out and decide whether or not it’s for you—research clearly shows that, overwhelmingly, it’s toxic to consumers, relationships, and society.

As new research emerges, it will likely encourage more research. The conclusions in this study show that consuming more porn and then thinking about that porn can seriously disrupt a woman’s sex life.

Is watching truly worth it? According to the facts and personal accounts, it really isn’t.

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