Three categories of users hit the Internet’s red-light district

Ten percent of the internet is made up of adult material. A phenomenon of this magnitude cannot escape the interest of experts who want to understand the dynamics and characteristics of this phenomenon. For example, recent research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine analysed the personality of pornographic sites users, identifying three precise types, based on the motivations that drive their consumption of adult material. The research involved 830 people aged between 18 and 78. It found that 75.5 percent of participants used internet pornography for recreational purposes. These were sexually active people, satisfied with their sexual life who did not spend more than 24 minutes a week consuming pornographic material. These findings suggest that, for most people, pornography use might promote an active and open sexuality or, at the very least, not compromise general sexual well-being. The second group made up about 12 percent of the participants, and they are defined as non-compulsive stressed subjects. These people did not spend much time on porn sites, and when they did, they felt guilt, disgust or shame. The third group, which represented 11.8 percent of the study participants had a compulsive relationship with pornography and spent more than 110 minutes a week watching explicit content, but without any guilt or emotional consequence. The authors of the research explained that the next step would be to analyse whether the three profiles emerging from the study were correlated with sexual well-being, taking into account the amount of time spent on the internet, socioemotional adjustment, and other factors, and to determine whether pornography use follows a stable trajectory or whether it represents a continually evolving phenomenon in which some users progress from one profile to another.

Vaillancourt-Morel, M. P., Blais-Lecours, S., Labadie, C., Bergeron, S., Sabourin, S., and Godbout N.; Profiles of Cyberpornography Use and Sexual Well-Being in Adults, The Journal of Sexual Medicine (2017)

PP-SH-UK-0016 | Date of preparation: Feb 2018