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If you’re considering cruising adult content online, you may want to think twice. Your marriage might depend on it.

Sociologists at the University of Oklahoma have discovered that couples who start watching porn become almost twice as likely to divorce. The study, grimly titled ‘Till Porn Do Us Part? Longitudinal Effects of Pornography Use on Divorce,’ checked in with married couples over three periods, beginning in 2006 and running until 2014, asking them about pornography viewing habits and marital status with each wave of surveys. What they discovered was that couples who began watching porn in between check-ins were significantly more likely to divorce.

“Our results suggest that viewing pornography, under certain social conditions, may have negative effects on marital stability,” said Samuel Perry, the study’s lead author.

To be honest, we’re not sure if we should be surprised by this or not. Either way, we’re opening a private browser while we do some research.

According to the findings, couples who considered themselves to be “very happy” within their union and then began porn use, experienced a three to 12 per cent increase in the likelihood of divorce. Also greatly affected by the adoption of the habit were non-religious couples and young couples. In fact, the study found that the younger the porn-watching couple, the more likely they were to divorce.

Perhaps even more interesting, were the stats on women. Reportedly, women who began viewing porn were up to three times more likely to seek divorce, with the rates dropping from 18 per cent to six per cent for those ladies that quit watching between surveys—men who stamped out their porn habit, however, were no more or less likely to separate as a result.

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But if your relationship is already on the rocks, the act of watching porn—or learning that your partner is doing so behind your back—isn’t going to make things any worse. “Pornography use—perhaps if it’s discovered by one’s spouse unexpectedly—could rock an otherwise happy marriage to the point of divorce, but it doesn’t seem to make an unhappy marriage any worse than it already is,” says Perry.

So, if you’re currently in a wonderful and happy marriage, and don’t watch pornography with your partner, you may want to consider leaving it like that. At least, according to this study, you’ll be heading to Splitsville before you can say, “’Til porn do us part.”

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