How bad can it be—everyone watches porn, right? It’s your own choice whether you want to or not, it doesn’t hurt anyone else. If you don’t like porn, just don’t watch it.
These are common ideas today. But scientific research has found just the opposite. It tells us exactly why pornography is bad and why it’s a good idea to stop watching it today. As we look at the evidence, we’ll evaluate whether porn is good or bad from a number of different angles.
Is porn bad for you?
The first question, and the one most people are probably concerned with, is whether watching porn is bad for you personally. Examining the research, we find at least four major problems.
Bad for Your Mental Health
Many studies have found a close correlation between watching porn and a host of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Author Sam Guzman writes:
“One study of college students found that pornography use more than three times…