Porn fuels loneliness and erodes human relationships

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New research confirms what religious insight has long taught: Lust does not do the body (or soul) any good.

Pornography and loneliness feed off of each other in a toxic way, creating a “vicious cycle” that erodes human relationships and the health benefits those relationships provide, according to a marriage and family therapist and scholar.

“If loneliness can lead to pornography use, and pornography use may bring about or intensify loneliness, these circular linkages may create a vicious cycle, pulling the user even further from health-promoting relationship connections,” said Mark Butler, a professor in the school of family life at Brigham Young University, in an essay on the Institute for Family Studies blog Tuesday describing research he conducted recently.

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