Porn Viewing Can Make You More Religious

Rule 34 of the internet tells us that, if it exists, there is porn of it. Still, there are some things that we tend not to think of when we think about porn. Religion and being religious isn’t one of them.

A woman meditating to follow her religious beliefs

However, a new study has suggested that porn and being religious might be more closely link than anyone ever thought… and that the more regularly you watch porn, the more likely you are to be religious. Yes, really.

We here on the Escort Sweden blog take a look at the study and discuss just how being religious and porn are linked.

Religion and sex

Now, most of you will be familiar with bringing religion into the bedroom. You might be sitting and reading this thinking “nope”, but how many times have you been having intense sex and found yourself crying “oh god, oh god!” at the top of your lungs?

Of course, this isn’t the same as actually being religious. Being religious usually means that you believe in a god or gods, and that you might live your life in the way your deity suggests you should.

The problem is that sex, and porn in particular, and religion have often been shown as being at war with each other. There is a hell of a lot of tension between the people who love watching porn and those who are religious, and as Metro tells us: “religiosity was associated with low pornography use as almost all major religions disapprove of it”.

However, a recent study might have just proved this old belief to be false, and that those who watch porn have a high chance of being religious.

About the study

The inspiration for the study came from the fact that there has been a huge surge in the amount of people watching porn, and that, traditionally, porn and religion were opposites. Thanks to the internet, it is so much easier to find your favourite porn stars and videos to jerk off to, and so they wanted to see if the availability of porn had changed anything.

Conducted by a team at the University of Oklahoma, the study took place over six years. This long term study followed the same 1,314 adults during this time, measuring two different aspects of their lives: porn use and religiosity.

They were keen to see what the relationship between the two was, and if there was anything that could change it. Inevitably, it seemed that something did change it.

The results of the study

The study author, Samuel Perry, took a little bit of time to explain just what the results of the study were in an interview. He explained that the “findings suggest that viewing pornography may lead to declines in some dimensions of religiosity”, which is pretty much what everyone was expecting.

However, a lot of us weren’t prepared for the next bit, when it was suggested that watching porn might actually make you more religious.

He explains that “at more extreme levels” of porn watching, it “may actually stimulate or at least be conducive to, greater religiosity along other dimensions”, but why is this?

Watching porn and praying

It is a big of a shocking revelation that, the more frequently you watch porn, the more likely you are to be religious or follow a religion. It is pretty much the opposite that everyone was expecting, and this begs the question: why?

Well, Perry believes that it might be because of how we feel about porn. Some people will put on a kinky video, masturbate away, and then be left feeling bad about what they had just watched. Some might even feel guilty about it, and Perry suggests that this can drive people to religion.

Basically, they want to overcome this sinful behaviour or “repent” for their sins, and the best way that they can think of to do this is to follow a religion. Of course, here on Escort Sweden, we have something even better. We have Father Casey for you to confess your sins to.

Does watching porn make you religious?

It’s a pretty strange sex study, and one that we are still struggling to wrap our heads around. Personally, when I’ve watched a porn video and had a little fun with my vibrator, the last thing on my mind is religion and praying.

However, it might be very different for you. You might feel the need to repent in some way, to share your sins with others, or maybe it just inspires you to try the kinky things you have seen in the video in real life.

What do you think? Does watching porn really make you think about religion more? We want to hear from you, so use the comment box below to join in the discussion.

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Lara Mills

Lara Mills is a writer who has four years of sex industry expertise behind her. Since she entered the adult industry, she has worked on the Escort Advertising forums, before moving into her current role three years ago.

Since then she has gained a fine reputation with her blogs on sex advice, sexual health and amusing news stories from around the globe. She is also a campaigner for the rights of sex workers from all over the world.

In her spare time, Lara keeps herself active by going running, and is something of a film buff. She also loves to go travelling.
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