Porn Study: Does Viewing Explain Doing—Or Not?

Porn alters sexual behavior; so do other things A new Dutch study (“Does Viewing Explain Doing? Assessing the Association Between Sexually Explicit Materials Use and Sexual Behaviors in a Large Sample of Dutch Adolescents and Young Adults“) finds porn use correlates with risky sexual behavior in 15 to 25-year olds…and that other things do as […]

Critique of “No Evidence of Emotion Dysregulation in Hypersexuals Reporting Their Emotions to a Sexual Film” (2013)

SPAN Lab porn study obscures results with study title Results in a study by SPAN Lab entitled, “No Evidence of Emotion Dysregulation in “Hypersexuals” Reporting Their Emotions to a Sexual Film,” align with what some ex-porn users are reporting. Namely, that porn curtailed their emotional range. Or more simply, frequent porn users are more desensitized […]

Pornography Consumption Effect Scale: Useful or Not?

PCES yields peculiar results measuring self-perceived effects of porn This post addresses a psychometric tool (questionnaire) known as the Pornography Consumption Effect Scale (PCES). Several studies have employed it, the most well-known of which concluded that “Young Danish adults [18-30] believe that pornography has had primarily a positive effect on various aspects of their lives.” […]

Rethinking Ogas and Gaddam’s ‘A Billion Wicked Thoughts’

Does Internet porn reveal our sexual desires—or alter them? Fellow “Psychology Today” blogger Leon F. Seltzer recently completed a herculean 12-part blog series on the subject of the Internet and human sexual desire (based on Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam’s A Billion Wicked Thoughts, 2011). In his final segment, he did an excellent job of outlining […]

Drumroll: An Academic Journal For Porn Fans

Academia prepares to ‘accentuate the positive’ in new porn periodical If there were ever a human phenomenon in need of serious objective investigation, Internet porn use is surely it. Never has the youthful human brain been battered with so much erotic novelty during such a critical window of sexual development, and cracks are definitely appearing. […]

Women, Vibrators, and Shaky Sex Research

Kinsey/Trojan study on vibrators omitted lovers’ top question  Sexual exploration is a fine idea, but we need to be radically honest with ourselves about researching its effects, lest we overlook signs of excess. A couple of years ago, I wrote “Vibrators and Other Pleasures: When ‘Moderation’ Fails.” It included self-reports by women for whom vibrator […]