Effects of Pornography
Effects of Pornography
Pornography is pictures and images or visual materials that contain graphic display or description of sexual activity and sex organs that are meant for the sole purpose of stimulating erotic feelings. Pornography distorts an individual’s view of the common nature of conjugal relations and may lead to alteration of a person’s sexual attitude and behavior. Statistics show that more than forty million Americans are involved in sending and receiving sexually explicit content that might be regarded as porn via the Internet. Moreover, sex is the number one topic that is searched on Google. The most affected age groups are teens and people in their early twenties. The revenue generated by the porn industry is even higher than that made by the sports industry, which clearly shows how much the moral fabric of the society has decayed (Slade).
There are many negative effects of pornography, which can be categorized on the basis of how they affect the individual. Different types of people are working to classify the effects of pornography. Specifically, social scientists, biologists, and clinical psychologists are among various people trying to sort the effects. Social and clinical psychologists classify them in the context of social and psychological effects while neurologists are developing ways of linking pornography to biological mechanisms (Fagan). This paper will look at social and psychological effects of pornography and classify them into three types.
Effects of pornography on the family
Men who have already married and frequently watch pornography tend to feel less satisfied with their conjugal relations. They may also have weaker emotional attachment to their wives, which might cause problems if the woman notices the difference. Constant viewing of pornography might make the husband feel that the wife is not giving him the desired satisfaction. The reason for such feeling is that the actions in pornographic films are not expected in marital conjugal acts. Pornography uses sexual experiences that one is not expected to experience during the marital life. Expecting this experience will just result in husband feeling unsatisfied and thus lead to weaker emotional attachment to the wife (Fagan).
Pornography is one of the leading causes of infidelity and divorce. Watching pornographic content will cause the desire to experience what a person has seen in the video. Pornographic videos look appealing, and this may drive individuals to want and try actions featured in them. They may ask their wives or husbands for to try ‘new’ sexual styles and experience, and if the spouse turns down the offer, they may look for other possibilities to satisfy their lust, which may lead to infidelity. In case they indulge themselves in infidelity, this will, in turn, result in a higher chance of divorce (Fagan).
When one of the spouses is suffering from addiction to pornographic content, in almost two-thirds of cases, the couples may suffer from the loss of interest in sexual intercourse. Constant viewing of pornographic material will usually expose the viewer to content that is not practically applicable in sexual intercourse involving couples in a marriage. The individuals may feel they are not getting enough from their current sexual intercourse and consider involving in relations with another person. In addition, the affected spouses may find satisfactory pleasure through masturbation and thus be less inclined to engage themselves in sexual intercourse with their wives or husbands (Fagan).
Individuals in a marital relationship feel that the viewing of pornographic videos and pictures is tantamount to infidelity. Both spouses tend to consider involvement of the other spouse in watching pornography as a form of adultery. The action of viewing pornography suggests that a person is not satisfied with the spouse and thus is looking for attention in porn. When a person is happy with the spouse, he or she may not have a reason to engage in activities that might be considered as infidelity. Watching of adult content when in marriage or a close relationship implies that the spouse is not able to satisfy his or her desires and thus resolves to porn. This action might well be considered as adultery and infidelity (Fagan).
Constant viewing of porn might lead to the loss of interest in marital sexual relationships. Viewing of adult content leads to loss of intimacy between the spouses since they might lack sexual desire to each other. Having lost interest in sexual intercourse with the spouse, an individual might not be willing to sustain the family relationship.
Effects of pornography on individuals
Porn causes addiction in viewers. Constant exposure to pornographic content eventually leads to addiction, which causes adverse effects to one’s mental, financial and physical well-being. Thus, people who constantly watch pornography would invest more money to acquire the latest issues of pornographic material, which might negatively affect their financial stability. Additionally, constant viewing of these materials can also lead to mental problems, such as inability to focus on other things and an insatiable desire to watch more porn (Struthers). Pornography addiction is one of the most dangerous habits, which is similar to alcohol addiction, but it might produce much worse effects on an individual (Gregoire).
Viewers of pornographic material tend to become desensitized with the kind of material they watch and develop a desire to exercise more pervasive forms of pornography. Such people will look for ways to satisfy their lust not only by means of the conventional materials. Such out-of-the-box thinking might make them view the notion of extramarital sexual encounters as something acceptable and create a recreational view towards sexual intercourse. Sexual content viewers tend to consider sex as a way of satisfying their needs as portrayed in these films rather than an emotional bond between two people. This notion will then spark the development of the habit of having sexual intercourse as a way to satisfy their lust (Tolley).
Pornography makes male viewers have an average perception of abnormal sexuality, including sexual aggression, sexual promiscuity, and rape. Sexual films depict these actions as normal as they may include scenes about a woman being raped and enjoying the encounter. This perception will influence viewers, especially of male gender, making them think that if they rape someone, the victim might end up liking the encounter. Pornography also contains sexual activities that are considered as abnormal in nature. Some sexual positions performed in these materials are abnormal and might make the viewer want to try them. As a result, this might do more harm than good to people trying these positions, including serious injuries and accidents (Yang).
Most pornographic content displays women as slaves, sexual commodities, and sex objects. Prolonged viewing of these materials might make the person to start viewing women as objects meant to fulfill their sexual desires. It is at this point that men start perceiving women in terms of their sexual availability, trying to sleep with any woman who accepts their offer. They ultimately start describing and evaluating women by their sexual attractiveness rather than by personal traits. Depiction of women as recipients of sexual violence in pornographic films is likely to foster ideas that women like vigorous sex (Yang).
Consumers of pornographic content always end up wanting more sexual experiences, which thus might lead to performing sexual activities out of wedlock. Most of this content does not advocate the use of protection during intercourse, so the consumers will also want to try such experience. As a result, the consumers may then indulge in unprotected sex, frequently in extramarital affairs, which might result in contracting sexually transmitted diseases or fathering children out of wedlock. Furthermore, pornography promotes sexual compulsiveness, equipping viewers with the urge to engage in sexual activities all the time. Consequently, this might increase the rate of infidelity, which, in turn, is related to higher chances of contracting sexually transmitted diseases or having extramarital pregnancy (Derksen).
Pornographic material also is related to higher occurrence of sex offenses against children. As people get addicted to pornography, they might want to satisfy their urges using very sophisticated ways and methods, which might include taking advantage of children. Sex offenders tend to distribute these materials to children, exposing them to moral decay. They might also want to use sexually explicit content to incite kids to engage in sexual activity and thus fulfill their sexual desires (Fagan).
Other effects of pornography
Most adolescent viewers of pornography often feel shame and sexual uncertainty along with diminished self-confidence. However, these negative feelings usually disappear with constant viewing of pornographic materials. These feelings are replaced by an unadulterated enjoyment of content. Regular viewing of pornographic content removes the feeling of guilt in adolescent viewers, replacing it with satisfaction and sexual fulfillment by indulging in sexual activities, such as masturbation (Tolley).
Pornography also leads to sexual complications, particularly premature ejaculation. Pornography makes the viewer have immediate gratification, which leads to the problem with lasting long in bed while performing sexual intercourse with their spouses (Derksen). Porn content makes users want to masturbate, and masturbation does not train the body to last longer but rather does the opposite. It makes the body get used to early ejaculation, which may have adverse impact on one’s sexual life. In extreme cases, pornography might lead to erectile dysfunction, which means that the viewers of sexually explicit content might have problems getting aroused as stimulation is just not enough. The consumers might develop complications that include problems maintaining erection, which, in turn, may lead to difficulties in achieving orgasm or complete absence of orgasm.
On the other hand, pornography might make sex seem too tough work for people who are used to get satisfaction just by consuming porn content. Porn makes people want to have quick satisfaction by the practice of masturbation. As a result, they tend to have reserved feelings about the need to engage in the rigorous activity of sexual intercourse, which would involve stimulation through foreplay and various sexual maneuvers because they can achieve the same sexual satisfaction through masturbation (Gregoire).
Pornography makes people lazy and selfish as people tend to put their interests first and see sexual intercourse as a means of satisfying their desires, forgetting that their partners have similar desires that need to be satisfied. Pornographic content gives its viewers a feeling that they deserve sexual satisfaction whenever they want, so they do not take into account the needs and desires of the partner (Gregoire).
People tend to justify their viewing of porn material as merely a simple and harmless activity that they partake to either pass time or relieve some stress, not knowing that it might have adverse effects on them and their families and even lead to addiction. The paper has discussed various reasons why people opt to pornographic materials. However, these reasons are solvable, which means people can avoid watching pornography if they wish.
Although most people find banning of pornography acceptable, most governments have not taken any drastic measures to achieve that. The authorities only take action when cases of child porn are reported but turn a blind eye to the menace of pornography in general. The revenue generated by this business is partly to blame for the lack of action against the spread of pornographic content. There are no advantages of watching porn. Therefore, the industry and all the pornographic materials should be destroyed.
The authorities should take necessary precautions to reduce the consumption of this material by unauthorized viewers, particularly children. Most people affected by these materials are young people, who tend to get addicted to porn very quickly because they have no active sexual life yet. Therefore, the authorities should prevent children and young adults from having to suffer the discussed adverse effects of pornography by forbidding the supply and manufacturing of pornographic content.