Adult films and sexually explicit materials stimulate the arousal center of the brain. The brain also releases hormones and the chemical reaction happens when orgasm occurs. With this being said, the brain relates human arousal with image, video, idea, or another person.
Adult films enhance the sexual encounters between married couples who have the slightest idea of experimental sex moves. These films can show them new techniques to pleasure each other. Although it may help some couple, it can probably break some relationships that are not into watching these kinds of film.
Based on different psychological studies, they’ve revealed that watching sexually explicit materials affects their relationship with their partners.
In the study of Amanda Maddox and her colleagues, they’ve found out that porn-free relationships are stronger and infidelity has a lower rate based from men and women with ages ranging from 18 to 34, who are in romantic relationships. Their basis of measurements is the levels of negative communication, dedication or interpersonal commitment, sexual satisfaction, infidelity, and relationship adjustment. Based on their collected statistics, 76.6 percent of men and 34.6 percent of women view adult movies and sexually explicit materials alone, while the 44.8 percent said that they view it with their partners.
They’ve also discovered that people who do not watch adult films or porn were more committed to their relationship, had lower levels of negative communication, and had higher sexual satisfaction and relationship adjustment. Their rate of infidelity was known to be at least half of those people who have watched sexual materials alone and with their partners. On the other hand, the 44.8 percent individuals who watched porn with their partners were known to be more dedicated and more sexually satisfied compared to those who watched alone.
Another study from Nathaniel Lambert and Sesen Negash showed that watching adult films lessens relationship commitment. The reason behind this finding is that some people tend to realize that there are lots of potential sexual partner, and as a result, it will lower their dedication towards their partner.
In another study conducted by Nathaniel Lambert and others regarding the effect of pornography on intimacy, they’ve explored other alternatives which are offered by watching adult films. They considered two possibilities; first, the appearance of attractive and sexually available partners on screen may arouse the perception of an individual with regards to their own possible partners. The other possibility relies on the idea of multiple sexual partners which can be dangerous for healthy relationships.
With these two possibilities, Lambert and Gwinn confirmed that individuals who tend to watch adult films were more likely to involve in a third party relationship. It was also found that infidelity comes with watching adult films.
According to Dr. Samir Parikh, a Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences specialist in Delhi, watching pornographic videos and adult films should be done consensually and should never be for the sole purpose of pleasure. It may help couples if they are both interested, but there is a possibility that it will only cause a rift. It all depends on the personality of individuals.