Ugly Porn

Patri writes:

I have also seen studies that men who have just read a porn mag rate themselves as less happy with their relationships.

The theory is obvious - having a fantasy of perfection makes you rate what you have less highly because you compare it to the fantasy.

If this theory of causation is correct, I wonder if it also works in the other direction. Would exposure to unattractive porn actors and actresses help relationships, by making reality look better than the fantasy? I can see a potential business opportunity here. Marriage counselors and pornographers, get to work.

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Unnecessary

If all you want is exposure to ugly, try rush hour in the DC metro.

Am I the only person who is

Am I the only person who is happy with his relationship and watches good porn frequently?

Porn is one of the best places to learn new positions, it also inspires one to be limber and increase your longevity. If you are in a relationship, and porn is beating out real life, you should try and fix the quality/quantity problems you are facing instead of watching porn and failing to communicate with your SO.

It doesn't seem that the

It doesn't seem that the quote really says "porn hurts relationships". It's just that immediately thereafter men view their relationships as worse than they would otherwise. How long does this effect last really? Does it actually damage any relationships beyond this effect of reducing reported scores?

Nah

Those who feel all unhappy are just reading too much into it...

Virtual Adultery?

Those interested in this stuff might find Ross Douthat's essay in the Atlantic thought provoking.

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200810/adultery-porn