It’s more than just watching porn, say experts. Many partners in a relationship are either knowingly or unknowingly putting pressures on their spouse or partner to behave like the images depicted, or are contributing to serious relationship struggles through their porn viewing.
The effects of pornography on couples and marriages can also begin at young ages when teens view websites or videos before they are developmentally mature enough.
Viewing the images can lead to a change in perception of sex or of a sexual partner as just an “object,” or that they must perform as adults like the scenes depicted in pornographic materials. When they do enter into adult relationships, they can feel dissatisfied or that they are inadequate.
Recent articles quoting attorneys say that pornography usage may be a factor in thousands of divorce cases and it is believed to be a growing element because of the non-stop access to pornography the Internet provides.
The effects of pornography on couples, marriages and relationships can be complex. Symptoms can include:
Additionally, a partner who has become addicted to pornography may retreat from social and family situations or have notable mood shifts – further contributing to relationship problems.
Pornography addiction is serious, complex and treated through professionals trained in identifying the factors associated with the addiction.