Religion in Society

Study Says Pornography Harms Families, Relationships and Kids

| by FRC

WASHINGTON --- Family Research Council (FRC) released a new study today that
comprehensively details the effects of pornography on marriages, children,
communities and individuals. Pat Fagan, Ph.D. authored the study and serves as
FRC’s Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Research on Marriage and
Religion.

Dr. Fagan made the following comments:

“This is a ground-breaking review of what pornography costs families trying
to create a life together. Men, women and sometimes even children are saturated
by sexual content, and more significantly, are told that it has no real effect.
It’s just a little amusement.

“Pornography corrodes the conscience, promotes distrust between husbands and
wives and debases untold thousands of young women. It is not harmless escapism
but relational and emotional poison.

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“The fact that marriage rates are dropping steadily is well known. But the
impact of pornography use and its correlation to fractured families has been
little discussed. The data show that as pornography sales increase, the marriage
rate drops.

“As this academic review reveals, pornography is creating a debt of the
spirit and a cost in the lives of family members that rivals any deficit the
federal government is producing.

“The science is clear: children from families without married parents have
much higher poverty rates as well as poorer health and other socio-economic
difficulties. Nations with low marriage rates suffer the same fates. And
underlying the social trends is the impact of pornography on family formation.
It’s a quiet family killer.”

Among the study’s findings:

“Men who view pornography regularly have a higher tolerance for abnormal
sexuality, including rape, sexual aggression, and sexual promiscuity.

“Married men who are involved in pornography feel less satisfied with their
conjugal relations and less emotionally attached to their wives. Wives notice
and are upset by the difference.

“Pornography engenders greater sexual permissiveness, which in turn leads to
a greater risk of out-of-wedlock births and STDs, which in turn lead to still
more weaknesses and debilities.

“The presence of sexually oriented businesses significantly harms the
surrounding community, leading to increases in crime and decreases in property
values.

“Child-sex offenders are more likely to view pornography regularly or to be
involved in its distribution.

“Pornography eliminates the warmth of affectionate family life, which is the
natural social nutrient for the growing child.

Click here to download the full study.