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Pornography consumption as existential escape from boredom

Moynihan, Andrew and Igou, Eric and Van Tilburg, Wijnand (2022) 'Pornography consumption as existential escape from boredom.' Personality and Individual Differences, 198. p. 111802. ISSN 0191-8869 (In Press)

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Abstract

We tested if boredom is associated with pornography use and what role low perceived meaning in life plays in their association. Following work on the existential escape hypothesis, we hypothesised that pornography consumption may be used to escape from the perceived meaninglessness that boredom signals. We tested whether perceived meaninglessness predicted increased pornography use via boredom and using pornography for emotional avoidance. Subsequently, we tested this indirect serial relationship using scales that measured pornography use for excitement seeking and sexual pleasure. We found significant indirect relationships in each case. Our research contributes to understanding the role of boredom in promoting pornography consumption and how it may function as an escape from perceived meaninglessness in life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pornography; Boredom; Meaning; Coping; Existential psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2022 10:39
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2022 10:38
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/33083

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