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Porn use increased during epidemic


May 26, 2021 Go ahead, Netflix. You are not the only video streaming organization to benefit from the COVID-19 lockdown.

The findings are unlikely to surprise anyone, New research reveals In the early months of the epidemic, Americans’ use of pornography increased dramatically, as stay-at-home orders limited other types of… outlets.

But the study, which was based on a nationwide survey and XXX website traffic report, also found that by October, porn use had fallen to pre-pandemic levels. This was true, even for those who reported a large increase in their sexuality viewing habits in the first place.

Furthermore, the researchers say they found no evidence that “porndemic” caused a significant increase in problematic behaviors, such as addictive, compulsive, risky, or unhealthy activities. He also did not open any sign that depression Or increased anxiety levels among eager porn users.

“The findings didn’t really surprise us,” says lead researcher Joshua Grubbs, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

“Yeah, people probably watched some extra porn in there at the start of the pandemic, and then they went back to their normal. That’s exactly what I would have expected. “

In the early months of the pandemic, some mental health experts warned that porn use would skyrocket, and they said it could lead to an increase in psychological and mental health problems already made worse by the coronavirus crisis.

But the new study found no indication that those dire predictions were on target.

“There is no indication that people have developed large-scale porn problems, or that porn addiction has become a problem for more people,” says Grubbs, a sex science researcher and addiction specialist. “It seems that people were bored at home, probably saw porn initially, and then decided, ‘Okay, okay, I’ve done a lot, so now it’s time to bake some sour bread.”

Justin Lemiller, PhD, a sex research fellow at the Kinsey Institute who was not involved in the study, says the findings reflect his own work in the field. “In early March last year, there were all these predictions in the media that porn use and masturbation were skyrocketing,” says Lehmiller, who hosts a “Sex and Psychology” Podcast. “But the data we collected really challenged it. We also found that people were less active overall, they were masturbating less, and they were having less participatory sex for all kinds of reasons “unrelated to porn use.”

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