Pornography Consumption and Satisfaction: A Meta-Analysis (2017)

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Paul J. Wright1,*, Robert S. Tokunaga2, Ashley Kraus1 andElyssa Klann3

DOI: 10.1111/hcre.12108

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Keywords:

  • Pornography;
  • Sexually Explicit Media;
  • Satisfaction;
  • Meta-Analysis

A classic question in the communication literature is whether pornography consumption affects consumers' satisfaction. The present paper represents the first attempt to address this question via meta-analysis. Fifty studies collectively including more than 50,000 participants from 10 countries were located across the interpersonal domains of sexual and relational satisfaction and the intrapersonal domains of body and self satisfaction. Pornography consumption was not related to the intrapersonal satisfaction outcomes that were studied. However, pornography consumption was associated with lower interpersonal satisfaction outcomes in cross-sectional surveys, longitudinal surveys, and experiments. Associations between pornography consumption and reduced interpersonal satisfaction outcomes were not moderated by their year of release or their publication status. But analyses by sex indicted significant results for men only.