Main content



Loading wiki pages...

Wiki Version:
It is beginning to come to light that different patterns of pornography use within relationships may result in different relationship consequences. For example, couples in which one partner uses pornography alone have lower relationship quality than couples in which pornography is used together, or couples in which pornography is not used ([Daneback et al., 2009][1]; [Maddox et al., 2011][2]). While interesting, the field lacks basic information concerning the frequency of solitary and shared pornography use within relationships, the extent of open vs. hidden pornography use within such relationships; and the extent of enjoyment and approval that romantic partners have for such activities. Our previous studies have found that men and women use pornography alone more frequently than they do together, that much of their solitary use is known to their partners, and that men and women typically approve of their partners' solitary pornography use (Fisher, Kohut, & Campbell, 2016; see also ["The Burrito Study"][3]). These findings are preliminary, as they rely on participants' perceptions of their partners attitudes and behaviours. We wish to confirm similar patterns of results with a large sample of intact romantic dyads and explore the roles that attachment orientation and patterns of pornography use may play in the moderating the links between pornography use and relationship functioning. *This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.* [1]: [2]: [3]: