While the term “narcissist” is used by all kinds of people to refer to certain personal characteristics of people they encounter in their day-to-day lives, the truth is that this concept is a category used by scientific psychology as well. That is, it has been statistically linked to certain personal characteristics, other personality traits, and certain behavioral tendencies.
And, for a few years now, one of the trends that could characterize narcissists has been the propensity to consume more pornography than average. At least that’s what we can deduce from research published in Journal of sex & marital therapy.
The sexuality of the narcissist
What meaning does it have that pornography consumption is significantly higher among narcissistic people? According to the team of researchers who conducted the study, this is due to the way the classic narcissist focuses on himself when seeking pleasure.
Unlike other people, who seek reciprocity in pleasurable experiences, narcissists are more likely to use others as an easy way to get what they are looking for. According to this interpretation, pornography consumption adapts perfectly to this type of requirement; most situations, performances and even the way they are filmed accentuate the instrumental role of the actors appearing in the scene, making them look like artificial beings who only move to satisfy the viewer.
In other words, it would be a characteristic by which two traits that were already known about narcissistic people are expressed: the lack of empathic connections and more intense than normal sexual motivation in other population groups.
How was the study conducted?
For this research, a group of more than 250 people (63% of whom were women) aged 18 to 61 was used as a sample.
Each of these people took a series of standardized personality tests, which allowed them to assess how more or less narcissistic they were. In addition, they answered a few questions about their pornography consumption habits, or they were able to indicate that they did not consume it.
About 80% of the people who participated said they had seen pornography online on purpose at some point, and 44% said it was part of their current habits. On average, they consumed around 85 minutes of pornography per week.
But the main finding is that it has been found a significant relationship between the narcissism score obtained on personality tests and the amount of pornography seen.
This means, among other things, that the group of participants who had seen pornography online at one point included a much larger number of narcissists than the group of those who had never seen it.
But in addition, the correlation between the degree of narcissism also corresponded to the amount of pornography seen, that is, to the way in which this activity was integrated into the daily life of these people. The higher the frequency with which these scenes were seen, the higher the chances of belonging to the group of people with the highest score for narcissism, and those who at that time continued to watch pornography were more narcissistic than those who no longer did.
Does Pornography Make Us Narcissists?
Apparently, these results could lead us to think that it is the consumption of pornography that makes us score the most on this personality trait. However, remember that correlation is not the same as causation. From this study we have seen the description of what is there, but we do not know what produces what, in which direction the causality is going.
In other words, it could be that seeing this type of product makes us more narcissistic, but it could also happen, simply, that narcissistic people consume or in principle consume more of this type of content on the Internet. To get an idea of what is really going on, we will have to wait for more research on the subject.
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