By Alyssa Pereira

Contrary to a widely-held belief, men who watch porn might actually be doing something worthwhile for their health.

At least, a study conducted by UCLA’s Nicole Prause and Concordia University’s James Pfaus (Montreal) suggests so. The scientists have concluded that when it comes to men who watch more than two hours of porn a week, there is not only no proof that they’ll have a greater odds of suffering from erectile dysfunction, they’re actually more likely to want to, um, engage with their partners.

The study examined 280 men in Pocatello, Idaho and Albuquerque, New Mexico and asked them to fill out questionnaires based on their sexual desire and behavior. The results were pretty surprising: men who watched no porn at all tended to receive a ‘sexual desire score’ (here meaning the desire for sex with their partners or to do it “solo”) of around 40. On the other hand, men who watched at least six minutes of porn per week consistently scored over 50.

“Those who viewed VSS (visual sexual stimuli) more also reported higher desire for both partnered sexual behaviors and solo sexual behaviors,” they wrote in the conclusion to the study. “This pattern suggests that those who view more VSS likely have a higher sexual drive and experience a stronger sexual response to standardized VSS than those who viewless VSS.”

Now, the results could have skewed. Besides the fact that the subjects of the study were primarily white and in their 20s, keep in mind that the findings could just suggest that men who watch porn have a higher overall sex drive.

But still, it’s very interesting stuff.

Read the full study here.

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