The Impact of Internet Pornography on Marriage and the Family: A Review of the Research (2006)

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Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity

The Journal of Treatment & Prevention

Volume 13, 2006 - Issue 2-3

Jill C. Manning

Pages 131-165 | Published online: 24 Feb 2007


Since the advent of the Internet, the sex industry has profited from an unprecedented proximity to the home environment. Consequently, couples, families, and individuals of all ages are being impacted by pornography in new ways. Examining the systemic impact of Internet pornography, however, is relatively uncharted territory and the body of systemically-focused research is limited. A review of the research that does exist was undertaken and many negative trends were revealed. While much remains unknown about the impact of Internet pornography on marriages and families, the available data provide an informed starting point for policy makers, educators, clinicians, and researchers.