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Help Habit Breakers Describes Some of the Symptoms of Porn Addiction


Sexuality is expressed often in today’s society, we see sex on television, ads and pretty much everywhere we go. Pornography, on the same token, has never been easier to access than it is today.

Due to the easy access to pornography, addiction is at all-time high. But what constitutes porn addiction? When does normal sexuality, sexual expression and behavior turn into a maladaptive behavior?

When It Starts Interfere With One’s Life

The viewing and use of pornography is incredibly common. Many believe that looking at porn is very natural and can actually enhance one’s sex life. However, some people will begin to depend on porn. They will start to choose pornography over actual sexual contact with their partner and may even prefer masturbating to porn instead. Some people begin to get obsessed, spending a inordinate amount of time looking at online porn to the point where certain elements of their lives are neglected so that they can watch porn. This is when the behavior has gone from a normal activity to an addiction. The desire for porn over “the real thing” or an ever-increasing amount of time spent looking at these materials is a sign that one’s usage has become an addiction.

Oftentimes, those who are addicted to porn become desensitized to normal pornography and find themselves looking for more extreme things to “get off.” The switch from what is considered “normal porn” to more deviant types of subject material is also a sign that porn addiction has reach a real problem level.

Pornography is nothing new, it has been around for millenia. However, it has never been easier to access than it is today. The ready availability of porn and increasingly deviant versions of porn has led to a dramatic increase in the number of those addicted to pornography. An addiction to porn begins when the user begins to crave porn more than traditional sexual activities, it begins to interfere with daily life or the need for more “extreme” types of sexuality are needed to satisfy the user.


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