Pornography Consumption As Existential Escape

Do people watch pornography to get rid of boredom?

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Pornography consumption can serve as a way for people to cope with boredom and alleviate feelings of meaninglessness in their lives. Some research has suggested that when individuals feel like their lives are lacking in meaning or purpose, they may turn to activities like watching pornography as a way to escape or distract from those negative feelings. This idea, known as the existential escape hypothesis, suggests that people may engage in activities that provide an escape from perceived meaninglessness in times of existential threat. Pornography consumption may be one way that people try to cope with these feelings and find temporary relief.