Effects of Exposure to Pornography on Male Aggressive Behavioral Tendencies
Dong-ouk Yang, Gahyun Youn*
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2012
First Page: 1
Last Page: 10
Publisher ID: TOPSYJ-5-1
Article History:Received Date: 28/01/2012
Revision Received Date: 15/04/2012
Acceptance Date: 18/04/2012
Electronic publication date: 04/5/2012
Collection year: 2012
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This study examined whether exposure to pornography lead to aggression, utilizing pornographic video excerpts and measuring participants' aggression by the number of human faces chosen as targets during a dart-throwing decision task. Male college students (n = 120) were randomly assigned into one of three experimental groups who viewed the sexually explicit material (nonviolent, sadomasochistic, or violent pornography) or to a control group who viewed nonsexual, nonviolent material. Each participant could then behave aggressively, or not, in a dart-throwing decision task offering pictures of human faces as possible targets. The facilitative effect of aggression was significant for all three groups exposed to pornography. The effect was especially conspicuous for those groups exposed to violent pornography.