Pornography could have a role to play in promoting condom use

Pornography may be frowned upon in some circles but one study suggests a rethink is due

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Porn Back in the old days of DVD. Image Photo Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The debate over the merits of pornography won’t end any time soon, but a new study suggests it could play an important role in promoting safe sex.

According to a new study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Heath, men who watch porn in which condoms are regularly used are subsequently more likely to use protection themselves.

Researchers studied 265 men – that’s a lot wankers – from New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore to determine whether online bongo flicks influenced sexual behaviour.

Those involved were tasked with watching porn and having sex over a three-month period in what sounds like the sort of made-up medical testes testing that would have featured in Loaded back in the day.

Eric Schrimshaw and co-author Martin J Downing Jr, from Public Heatlh Solutions, noted a particular change when it came to men engaged in anal sex.

“The potentially negative consequences on behaviour, therefore, has policy implications for pornography directors”

“Men who viewed more pornography containing condom use engaged in fewer condomless anal sex encounters,” the pair said. “Even those who took part in compulsive pornography viewing were not more likely to engage in condomless anal sex.”

Conversely, 92% of respondents admitted they’d viewed condomless anal porn in the past few months, with nearly 50% claiming it contributed to them indulging in riskier sex.

Condoms, as intermittently used in porn
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More notably still, 70% of respondents claimed they often acted out what they saw online later, while just over half claimed that they sought out sex after viewing porn.

Dr Schrimshaw noted: “The potentially negative consequences on behaviour, therefore, has policy implications for pornography directors, producers, distributors, performers, and viewers.”

The study is another demonstration of the important role pornography plays in shaping attitudes towards sex – both good and bad – and how it could yet prove an important medium and platform for promoting safe copulation.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.

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