Major New Study on Effects of Pornography
 
Major New Study on Effects of Pornography
Written By David E. Smith   |   12.03.09

New Comprehensive Study Shows How Pornography Threatens Marriages, Children, Communities and Individual Happiness.

The Family Research Council released a new study this week that comprehensively details the effects of pornography on marriages, children, communities and individual happiness.

The study, “The Effects of Pornography on Individuals, Marriage, Family and Community,” synthesizes all available research on the effects of pornography on families and communities.

Pornography distorts an individual’s concept of the nature of conjugal relations, which, in turn, alters both sexual attitudes and behavior. It is a major threat to marriage, to family, to children and to individual happiness. In undermining marriage, it is one of the major factors in undermining social stability.

Social scientists, clinical psychologists, and biologists have begun to clarify some of the social and psychological effects, and neurologists are beginning to delineate the biological mechanisms through which pornography produces its powerful negative effects. Among the study’s findings:

  • Men who view pornography regularly have a higher tolerance for abnormal sexuality, including rape, sexual aggression, and sexual promiscuity.
  • Married men who are involved in pornography feel less satisfied with their conjugal relations and less emotionally attached to their wives. Wives notice and are upset by the difference.
  • Pornography engenders greater sexual permissiveness, which in turn leads to a greater risk of out-of-wedlock births and STDs, which in turn lead to still more weaknesses and debilities.
  • The presence of sexually oriented businesses significantly harms the surrounding community, leading to increases in crime and decreases in property values.
  • Child-sex offenders are more likely to view pornography regularly or to be involved in its distribution.
  • Pornography eliminates the warmth of affectionate family life, which is the natural social nutrient for the growing child.

Click HERE to read the full study.

David  E. Smith
Dave Smith is Illinois Family Institute’s executive director.  He and his wife of 24 years are blessed to be the parents of seven children. David has 20-plus-years of experience in...
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