Boys who watch porn are more likely to become misogynists

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 4, 2017

The study said that older the men were at first exposure the more likely they were to become loose. In the men they studied, the age at which they first saw porn ranged from five to 26.

Participants were then asked to respond to a series of 46 questions created to measure the two masculine norms. The study also suggested that most men watched their first porn accidentally followed by intentional and then there were those who were forced to watch adult movies.

They found that men who wanted power over women and had a "playboy attitude", were significantly more depressed than others.

The research, which was presented at the American Psychological Association's annual convention, did not take into account how much porn the men watched, the type of porn or other demographic factors, such as their socio-economic background.

The researchers came to the conclusion that younger a man was when he first viewed pornography, the more likely he was to want power over women while the older he was, the more promiscuous he would become.

Studies show that nearly 90 percent of men watch pornography, many from a young age, with social media sites facing criticism for allowing vulnerable teenagers access to explicit images.

Over two fifths of those surveyed - 43.5 percent - said their first exposure was accidental, a third - 33 percent - of first experiences were intentional and over a sixth - 17 percent - were "forced".

On the unexpected finding that men who saw porn later were more promiscuous, the report added: "That finding has sparked many more questions and potential research ideas because it was so unexpected based on what we know about gender role socialisation and media exposure".

They found those who saw porn young were most likely to agree with statements that asserted male dominance, such as "things tend to be better when men are in charge".

Bischmann said more research needs to be done, and explained that she suspects that the findings may be related to unexamined variables.

For example, a participant's level of religion, sexual performance anxiety, negative sexual experiences or whether their first exposure experience was positive or negative could play a more significant role than age.

Peter Saddington, sex therapist at relationship support provider Relate, said: "Pornography can and does have an impact on many young men's attitudes to sex".

"We had expected that intentional, accidental or forced experiences would have differing outcomes". "Men exposed young to these images of women may want this more in their sex lives and real lives".

This information could also inform the treatment of various emotional and social issues experienced by young heterosexual men who view pornography, she said.

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