Teenage porn habits don’t doom future sex life according to saucy new study

Teens revealed their porn viewing habits and sexual satisfaction over time to researchers, who couldn’t find any link between the two – even in the teens who watched the most porn.

The study, which involved 775 female and 514 male Croatian high school students, followed them as they grew up.

Professor Aleksandar Stulhofer, of the University of Zagreb, told PsyPost that society is increasingly worried about porn, with many blaming it for sexual problems in adulthood.

He said that “most research in the field focuses on potential adverse outcome”.

It’s not clear why watching porn could be less damaging to sexual satisfaction in conservative, religious countries than in liberal ones.

“Our analysis is restricted to middle to late adolescent period, the period when the majority of young Croatians report sexual debut,” Prof Stulhofer said.

“Additional research would be needed to find out if our null findings are also relevant for emerging adults.

“Considering the conflicting findings obtained by our and the Dutch studies, there is an interesting question about culture-specific influences on adolescents’ satisfaction and pornography use.

“Sociocultural context is likely highly relevant for how pornography is perceived by young people, but the mechanisms underlying this influence remain unexplored.”

The study, Longitudinal Assessment of the Association Between Pornography Use and Sexual Satisfaction in Adolescence, was published in the Journal of Sex Research and authored by Goran Milas, Paul Wright, and Aleksandar Štulhofer.

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