A recent study that was presented at the American Sociological Association meeting found that watching pornography can lead to the end of your marriage. The study hasn’t been peer-reviewed yet, but there aren’t any major methodological flags present.
The study used data that was from a poll that asks Americans about a host of activities. The data came from the 2006 to 2014 General Social Survey. When the data was studied, it was found that women watching porn is more likely to kill a marriage than men watching porn.
For men, the rate of divorce doubled from 5 percent to 10 percent when he watched porn. For women, the divorce rate tripled from 6 percent to 18 percent when she watched porn.
There is a difference in what happens when women and men stop watching porn. If the woman stops watching porn, the divorce rate goes back down to 6 percent. That isn’t necessarily the case for men, but the study was cautious about making statements in this regard because most of the men who reported they were watching porn didn’t stop.
There are many other factors that can affect whether porn leads to divorce in a marriage. Typically, people who attend regular religious services are less likely to divorce because of porn, while younger couples are more likely to divorce because of porn.
No matter what is causing you to end your marriage, you should take steps to make sure that your interests are protected. Divorce mediation can often help you to get a settlement that puts you in the best financial position as possible.
Source: Science Magazine, “Divorce rates double when people start watching porn,” David Shultz, Aug. 26, 2016
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