Watching Porn: How Harmful Is It?
There is a hot debate about whether pornography addiction is truly as destructive as we are made to believe. Supporters argue that pornography is just a harmless fantasy world, that it is no different from watching violent movies or playing violent video games. However, when pornography becomes an addiction, it can lead to isolation, the breakdown of personal relationships, and sometimes depression.
Here are some signs of pornography addiction:
• Denial of pornography use
• Steadily increasing pornography use, despite negative consequences
• Use of pornography as an escape from reality
• Lying about or “playing down” the importance of pornography or cyber sex in one’s life
• Loss of intimacy with one’s significant other
One of the biggest problems with porn addiction is the easy accessibility factor. With most drugs, it takes time, resources and money to get more of the drug, but with porn, all you need is the Internet. This means that a harmless habit or bout of curiosity can quickly turn into an addiction, with hardly any effort on the addict’s part.
Neglecting real relationships
After someone gets addicted to porn, they often crave more unrealistic and intense pornography, and porn producers know this. The obsession with porn can lead an individual to become bored with reality and start to neglect his/her significant other. It can also lead to a preference for online sexual relationships over the complexities of real relationships, which can be very harmful to families.
If you or a friend suffers from an addiction to pornography, therapy is the first step to conquering this addiction. Next, experts say that limiting Internet time and concentrating on real-life friendships and intimate relationships will help greatly. Like quitting any other addiction, quitting an addiction to porn is difficult and takes dedication. However, the end result—freedom from addiction—is always worth it.