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Did you know watching porn makes you sexually aggressive?

According to new research, spending too much time watching porn can make you sexually aggressive.

sex and relationships Updated: Jan 05, 2016 15:44 IST
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The analysis of 22 studies from seven different countries found that pornography consumption is associated with sexual aggression across the countries among both males and females.(Shutterstock)

Turns out you can’t watch too much pornography, without risking a change in your behaviour (for the worse). Well, according to new research, spending too much time watching porn can make you sexually aggressive.

The analysis of 22 studies from seven different countries found that pornography consumption is associated with sexual aggression across the countries among both males and females.

The study found that individuals who consume pornography more frequently are more likely to hold attitudes conducive to sexual aggression and engage in actual acts of sexual aggression. (Shutterstock)

Associations were stronger for verbal than physical sexual aggression, although both were significant, the study said.

“The general pattern of results suggested that violent content may be an exacerbating factor,” wrote the researchers from Indiana University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, US.

Read: Watching porn does not create negative attitude towards women

The collected data looked at self-reports of pornography consumption and acts of sexual aggression, including sexual harassment and the use of force or threats to, as the study puts it, “obtain sex”, vocativ.com reported.

The analysis of 22 studies from seven different countries found that pornography consumption is associated with sexual aggression across the countries among both males and females. (Shutterstock)

The researchers acknowledge that the causes of sexual aggression are complex and that “many pornography consumers are not sexually aggressive”.

Read: Some sex addicts may not like porn

But they ultimately concluded that “the accumulated data leave little doubt that, on the average, individuals who consume pornography more frequently are more likely to hold attitudes conducive to sexual aggression and engage in actual acts of sexual aggression than individuals who do not consume pornography or who consume pornography less frequently”.

The study was published in the Journal of Communication.

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