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Watching Porn Could Help Your Dating Life — Seriously

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An unusual new study found that porn can prime you to have a better experience on dates

What do you do before a date? Pick out your shoes, play some jams, fix your hair? Well, you might want to add watching a little porn to that list according to new research. The study, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, found that watching porn before a date has a “sex priming” effect, which may make you feel more flirtatious and outgoing — good qualities to have on date, if you ask us!

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Basically, priming with porn can give you that much-needed confidence boost (yes, even more than watching "Lemonade" on replay). According to the U.K. Times, the researchers found that students shown a naked picture of the opposite sex for a fraction of a second were more willing to go on a date — even a blind one — than participants who were shown a picture of a fish. Uhhh, well that part might not be that shocking.

“Disclosing personal information makes the other person like you more, thereby motivating him or her to reciprocate. Consequently, you get the impression that this person likes you, and you react by liking him or her more — we tend to like people who like us — and behave accordingly, for example by being nicer, flirting or complimenting. Overall, sex starts a positive cycle of getting closer to a stranger that may eventually build emotional connection between previously unacquainted people,” the professor said.

So maybe it’s really about revving up your engines before meeting someone new? Porn gets a bad rap, but if you can find a benefit from it — like a successful first date! — maybe you should give it a whirl. Just don’t get so absorbed in that porn you end up late to meet that special someone, because we're pretty sure that would counteract any of the positive priming effects.

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