Sexual media use and relational satisfaction in heterosexual couples

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  • ANA J. BRIDGES,

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    1. University of Arkansas
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    • Ana J. Bridges, Department of Psychology, University of Arkansas; Patricia J. Morokoff, Department of Psychology, University of Rhode Island.

  • PATRICIA J. MOROKOFF

    1. University of Rhode Island
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    • Ana J. Bridges, Department of Psychology, University of Arkansas; Patricia J. Morokoff, Department of Psychology, University of Rhode Island.


  • This research was completed as part of the first author's doctoral dissertation. The authors wish to thank Lisa Harlow, PhD, for her conceptual and methodological assistance. Portions of this research were presented at the 116th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA, August 2008.

Ana J. Bridges, Department of Psychology, University of Arkansas, 216 Memorial Hall, Fayetteville, AR 72701, e-mail: abridges@uark.edu.

Abstract

This study assessed how sexual media use by one or both members of a romantic dyad relates to relationship and sexual satisfaction. A total of 217 heterosexual couples completed an Internet survey that assessed sexual media use, relationship and sexual satisfaction, and demographic variables. Results revealed that a higher frequency of men's sexual media use related to negative satisfaction in men, while a higher frequency of women's sexual media use related to positive satisfaction in male partners. Reasons for sexual media use differed by gender: Men reported primarily using sexual media for masturbation, while women reported primarily using sexual media as part of lovemaking with their partners. Shared sexual media use was associated with higher relational satisfaction compared to solitary sexual media use.

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