Does Sexually Explicit Media (SEM) affect me? Assessing first-person effects of SEM consumption among Norwegian men who have sex with men

Gert Martin Hald, Bente Træen, Syed Wb Noor, Alex Iantaffi, Dylan Galos, B. R. Simon Rosser

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Abstract

Using a self-selected online sample of 448 Norwegian men who have sex with men (MSM) and a cross-sectional design, the present study investigated first-person effects of sexually explicit media (SEM) consumption on sexual knowledge, enjoyment of and interest in sex, attitudes towards sex and understanding of one’s sexual orientation. First-person effects refer to self-perceived and self-reported effects of SEM consumption as experienced by the consumer. In addition, the study examined and provided a thorough validation of the psychometric properties of the seven-item Pornography Consumption Effect Scale (PCES). The study found that 93% of MSM reported small-to-large positive effects from their SEM consumption on their sexual knowledge, enjoyment of and interest in sex, attitudes towards sex and understanding of their sexual orientation. Only 7% reported any negative effects from their SEM consumption on these outcomes. Furthermore, the psychometric properties of the revised version of the PCES were found to be very satisfactory. The results of the study indicate that SEM consumption among MSM may play a positive role in MSM’s sexuality by enhancing their sex life, being a major source of sexual information, providing a recreational sexual outlet and offering confirmation of one’s sexual orientation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-74
Number of pages16
JournalPsychology and Sexuality
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • first-person effects
  • gay
  • men who have sex with men
  • pornography
  • self-perceived effects
  • sexually explicit media

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