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(Park, Wilson, Berger, Christman, Reina, Bishop, Klam, & Doan, 2016; Banca, Morris, Mitchell, Harrison, Potenza, & Voon, 2016)
Because of desensitization, many porn consumers find themselves consuming more porn, consuming more often, or consuming more extreme forms of pornography.
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Fast Fact #8
(Banca, Morris, Mitchell, Harrison, Potenza, & Voon, 2016; Kühn & Gallinat, 2014)
Desensitization, or a numbed pleasure response, has been shown to happen in cases of pornography consumption.
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Fast Fact #7
(Ruvalcaba & Eaton, 2020)
1 in 12 U.S. adults report that they have been victims of image-based abuse —sometimes called “revenge porn—and 1 in 20 report that they have been perpetrators of image-based abuse.
(Skorska, Hodson, & Hoffarth, 2018; Zhou, Liu, Yan, & Paul, 2021)
Research shows that people who consume porn frequently are more likely to objectify and dehumanize others.
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Fast Fact #75
(Fritz, Malic, Paul, & Zhou, 2021; Zhou & Paul, 2016)
Research shows that mainstream porn featuring people of color often promotes racism by focusing on degrading stereotypes.
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Fast Fact #87
(Fritz, Malic, Paul, & Zhou, 2021)
A 2021 study analyzed videos from popular porn sites and found that porn featuring Black people tends to perpetuate harmful racist stereotypes, disproportionately emphasize violence and aggression, and often depicts Black people as “worse than objects.”
(Malcolm & Naufal, 2016)
According to a 2016 study, people who view porn regularly are less likely to get married than those who do not. Researchers suggest this may be because consumers see porn as a substitute for sexual gratification in a relationship.
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Fast Fact #38
(Marston & Lewis, 2014)
Longitudinal, qualitative research has found that young people's narratives surrounding anal sex often encourage coercion, pain, and other risky behaviors, and that they often attribute these narratives to pornography, as it can normalize sexual behaviors and attitudes.