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WHAT IS PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION

Pornography addiction can be understood as a coping mechanism and a state of emotional dependency on pornography interfering with daily life function such as thought processing, mood regulation, sexuality, relationships, finances and professional performance, and is characterised by inability to permanently limit or stop the pornographic behaviour despite negative consequences.

WHAT ARE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF UNTREATED PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION

  • Pornography is taking over essential areas of one’s life
  • Pornography is taking priority over sexual intimacy with a partner
  • Pornography is interfering with self care, family, values, decision making, finances, productivity, or work performance 
  • Disrupted sleep patterns, agitation, tiredness, poor concentration
  • Spending inordinate amounts of time or money on pornography 
  • Poor attitude to sexuality, safe sex, or sexual consent 
  • Becoming increasingly demanding in the bedroom
  • Using pornography as an emotional escape when feeling bored, anxious, depressed, stressed, agitated, angry, rejected, worried, tired, etc
  • Experiencing angry mood swings when pornography/masturbation/sex is denied (Sexual Rage Disorder, SRD) 
  • Pornography overexposure may cause changes in sexual desire, libido, arousal, or sexual function (PIED)
  • Pornography/masturbation overconsumption may cause delayed ejaculation (DE), genital pain, or genital desensitisation

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PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION CAN DEVELOP FAST

Pornography addiction can develop fast and is characterised by escalations of cravings and compulsions to consume more porn and, in some cases, enacting porn motivated sex with real life partners. For some addicts, compulsive pornography habits may stand in the way to form a meaningful relationship with a partner in the first place.

PORNOGRAPHY DEPENDENCY

Pornography addicts depend on quick and intense brain/sex rewards they derive from watching porn. Warning signs include a growing tolerance to porn and progressive desensitisation to the effects of porn, thus leading to constant craving for upscaling frequency and intensity of pornography consumption, in pursuit of satisfaction.

HISTORICAL PORNOGRAPHY

Pornography is not a new invention but has been a part of human sexual curiosity since the dawn of time. Archeologists have found pornographic artefacts of early humans dating back thousands of years. Discoveries of ancient civilizations give testimony to elaborate sexual sculptures, pornographic mosaics, drawings and paintings. Pornography was favourably illustrated as symbols of pleasure, joy, and fertility.

PORNOGRAPHY TODAY

Utilising the easy access of the Internet, curious people of all ages are eager to learn about sex and porn. Most users value pornography as a normal part of their sex life. However, in our 21st century, with an estimated global average of 30.000 pornographic internet searches per second and an estimated 1 in 5 mobile phone searches for porn sites, pornography has developed into a ‘tsunami’ and taken a harmful turn on consumer’s sexuality, and mental health.

The popular website PornHub alone has received over 35 billion visits in a one year period alone! PornHub data reveal a staggering traffic increase of 18.5% during the pandemic. Reportedly, Australia ranks at 8th position of an overall pornography consumption in the world.

EXCESSIVE PORNOGRAPHY CONSUMPTION IS AT CRISIS POINT

Excessive pornography consumption can eventually peak in harmful distortion of sexual reality by creating unrealistic sexual desire and expectation in young and older folks. Pornography creates delusions of otherwise healthy sexual fantasies, and fails to inform consumers of sexual reality. Excessive pornography consumption has contributed to poor attitudes towards sexuality and sexual consent, and has become a major cause of relationship failure and, in some cases, sexual violence.

WHY HABITUAL PORNOGRAPHY USE CAN BECOME PROBLEMATIC

Behavioural studies, known as Coolidge Effect, explain a brain behaviour of increased sexual interest in a novel sexual partner over an existing sexual partner. Online pornography introduces a never ending stream of new, virtual, or potential sexual partners to the fantasy of the consumer. This may explain why addicted  pornography consumers report a gradual loss of sexual interest in their real life sexual partners.

IMPACT OF PORNOGRAPHY ON SEXUAL HEALTH AND FUNCTION

Acquired complications to psychosexual health and sexual function exposes pornography consumers at risk of sexual numbing towards their real life partners. An alarming number of male pornography consumers, including young and physically healthy men, report losses of libido, partial impotence, delayed ejaculation (DE), and difficulties with obtaining or maintaining erections firm enough to achieving penetration or completing sexual intercourse. This condition is known as Pornography Induced Erectile Dysfunction, or PIED.

IS PORNOGRAPHY THREATENING OUR SOCIETY?

Researchers explain the brain is capable of plasticity  and acquiring new tastes of sexual desires. The overwhelming volume, and easy access to soft and hard core Internet pornography carries an inherit danger to ‘trick’ the brain into needing more and craving more porn. Unfortunately, even children are increasingly reported to accessing adult pornography. Premature sexualisation in under-aged teens, or even younger children, is raising alarming concerns in regards to long term outcomes to their sexual, and social, development.

SIDE EFFECTS AND WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS OF PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION 

  • Constantly returning porn cravings and compulsive sexual thoughts and fantasy.
  • Loss of motivation, lowered self esteem, ‘dark thought’, boredom, anger, rage, restlessness, emptiness, meaninglessness, flatlining when not consuming porn.
  • Loss of control, failure to permanently stop the behaviour despite serious attempts to do so.
  • Moderate to severe mood swings before and after acting out porn, masturbation, sex.
  • Lengthily physical and mental recovery periods after acting out excessive porn, masturbation, sex.
  • Increasing dysphoria, dissatisfaction, anxiety or depression.
  • Interrupted sleep patterns, tiredness agitation, concentration difficulties, general physical malaise.
  • Low energy, lowered productivity.
  • Developing difficulty with intimacy, desire, and affection in a relationship.
  • Blaming or avoiding a partner.
  • Sexual Rage Disorder (SRD) when pornography/sex is denied.
  • Researchers warn that some men will develop pornography induced erectile dysfunction (PIED). (Research 2014 Max Plank Institute, Germany).

WHY CAN’T I STOP MYSELF

Individuals, who have addicted to pornography and/or sex, are believed to have undergone brain changes. On August 15 th 2011, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has publicly issued a statement that ‘addiction is a primary chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry’.

Sex Addiction Australia says ‘This statement expresses a clear change from previous concepts of classifying addictive behaviour as an immoral choice behaviour, which has contributed to stigmatisation, rather than offering much needed rehabilitation. The ASAM research study highlights addiction as a disorder of the brain requiring clinical treatment to achieve full recovery.”

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