Americans aren’t getting married, and researchers think porn is part of the problem

Dec 22, 2014
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There could be an unlikely contributor to the decline of marriage in this country. And it’s free pornography on the Internet.

A team of researchers, who published their findings in The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany, determined that the rise of free Internet pornography is not only correlated with a pronounced decline in percentage of young adult males who are married, but might actually be contributing to the trend.

“The results in this paper suggest that such an association exists, and that it is potentially quite large,” the study notes.

The researchers used data from the General Social Survey (GSS), a comprehensive, nationally representative survey, to analyze how 18-to-35 year-old men used the Internet between 2000 and 2004. They focused on  how many hours each participant spent on the Internet per week, and how many reported having used the Internet to view pornography in the past 30 days, but also observed other activities, including the use of religious websites.

“We asked ourselves, what is helping determine whether people are married or not?” said Dr. Michael Malcolm, a professor at the University of West Chester, Pennsylvania, and one of the study’s authors. “One of those things, we thought, could be the use of pornography.”

In order to test the hypothesis, Malcolm adjusted for a number of variables, including age, income, education, religiosity, and employment, all of which have been shown to correlate with marriage. He also adjusted for the possibility marriage has an impact on pornography use, and never the other way around.

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