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Does Too Much Time on Porn Sites Lead to Depression?




Citing a study conducted by researchers at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, the India Times reported yesterday that heavy use of sex Web sites may lead to depression, high stress, and anxiety.

According to the study, which surveyed 1,325 men in the United States and Australia, men that regularly view porn and Web swinging sites have a 27-percent chance of having moderate to severe depression, a 30-percent chance of anxiety and a 35-percent chance of moderate to severe stress. A spokesperson for the study added that the more a subject was involved in these types of sites, the more intense his depression and anxiety would be.

Although we don't take argument with the study's statistics, we do think that the causal relationship they posit is a tad simplistic. Isn't it likely that a man who looks for intimacy on his bedroom computer, instead of out in the real world, is at least a little anxious to begin with? After all, Facebook sex-hunters aren't exactly beacons of emotional health, and those folks are at least looking for the real thing. [From: The India Times]

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