2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Does an Individual’s Personal Beliefs Affect Their Perceptions and Use of Pornography?


Halle J. Dollins
Dr. Paul Shapiro and Dr. Amber Johnson, Faculty Mentors

This study examines the relationship between frequency of pornography use and an individual’s personal beliefs in regards to religious beliefs, sexual values, and family formation. There are a total of 572 respondents from Truman State University who answered an Internet survey regarding their acceptance and use of pornography, along with relationships regarding religion, sexual behaviors, and family formation. Results show that there is a significant difference between males (42.7%) and females (7.9%) who often view pornography. Results dealing with religion show that individuals who do not identify with a religion (31.3%) are significantly more likely to often view pornography compared to those who are not religious (29.1%). Lastly, results show significant relationships between an individual’s daily sex drive and sexual thoughts, and their frequency of pornography use. The discussion highlights the importance of the significance found between the relationships being studied along with the strengths and weaknesses of the study. 

Keywords: Pornography, Perception, Religion, Sexual values, Family formation, Significance , Strengths, Weaknesses

Topic(s):Sociology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 8-1
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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