Over 70% of university students think that viewing pornography is not infidelity
The study, conducted by the University of Alicante and the University of Central Florida, USA, has been published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior
13% of American and 10% of Spanish university students do think that viewing pornographic material is cheating
Alicante. Thursday 26 April 2018
Is viewing sexually explicit material cheating on your partner? More than 70% of all university students surveyed in a cross-sectional study by researchers from the University of Alicante's Departament of Health Psychology and the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, USA, disagree.
More specifically, the study, which was recently published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, found that 77% of Spaniards and 73% of Americans do not consider watching pornography to be an act of infidelity. Only a relatively small percentage, 13% and 10% of American and Spanish young people respectively, think that viewing pornography is tantamount to cheating, and also a minority of respondents say they are not sure.
“One of the main objectives of this study was to compare two countries with different cultures, mindsets and traditions, and see if those differences had an impact on the results,” as stated by University of Alicante lecturers Abilio Reig and María Dolores Fernández, who authored the study together with Charles Negy and Diego Plaza, from the University of Central Florida.
In this regard, the difference between Spain and the United States is small, but significant. If the statistics are compared, we can see that the percentage of American adults who think that viewing pornographic material is a form of infidelity is three points higher. The researchers argue that "the United States is a more religious and socially conservative country than most Western European countries, Spain included, which probably explains the difference observed." In the study, no significant differences were found between men and women regarding the relationship between religious beliefs, consumption of sexually explicit material, and infidelity.
A striking fact
Regardless of what they had expected, the UA researchers say, one of the most striking findings from the study was that, on average, more single adults consider that watching pornography is cheating on their partner. “This is a surprising finding as we had expected the opposite: that those having a relationship would be more likely to see porn as a threat to their partner,” they point out.
On the other hand, as described in the article, variables such as having a negative attitude towards viewing pornography, being less tolerant of infidelity or having jealous tendencies makes respondents more likely to believe that viewing sexually explicit material is equivalent to committing infidelity.