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Porn’s impact on modern sexuality




Adult film actress Jessie Lee (L) and adult film actress and director Joanna Angel arrive at the 29th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino January 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Adult film actress Jessie Lee (L) and adult film actress and director Joanna Angel arrive at the 29th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino January 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Statistics on pornography consumption are sketchy at best, thanks to unreliable self-reporting. What we do know is the business of porn, especially on the web, has been booming, which means many Americans must be clicking and watching. Google data from 2013 shows that monthly page views (pvs) of some of the top porn sites approach Wikipedia-hit proportions: PornHub, 2.5 billion pvs; YouPorn, 2.1 billion pvs; Tube 8, 970 million pvs; and LiveJasmin, 710 million pvs.

As Salon reported, in comparison, Wikipedia gets about 8 billion pvs. Just thirty years ago, folks had to leave their bedrooms or basements to seek out adult videos or Hustler magazines at video stores and newsstands. Today’s in-your-face ubiquity inspired the movie "Don Jon" about a young man so addicted to porn it interferes with his relationships. Perhaps inspired by that film some German researchers published a recent study associating higher porn consumption with the decline of marriage in the U.S.

Is that too far a stretch? How has porn impacted your sex life? What advice do you need about navigating this terrain with your partner(s)?

Guests:

Marty Klein, Ph.D., Marriage & Family Therapist; Author "Sexual Intelligence: What we really want from sex and how to get it" @DrMartyKlein

Elizabeth Schroeder, Ed. D., Sexuality Education expert