Porn Addiction

Oliver Amyakar
Assistant Graphic Designer

In a generation where life revolves around the internet, an addiction that has gained a lot of popularity in the last few years grimly reflects society’s newfound internet dependence. Having an addiction to pornography may initially sound like a joke. You may have seen magazine covers in the past addressing Tiger Woods or Charlie Sheen in relation to this problem. It seems like a new “fad” addiction and even has movies about it starring big-name celebrities like Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Don Jon; however, pornography addiction is a major issue that affects a significant amount of the population, primarily young adults such as college students.

Being addicted to pornographic materials can be extremely harmful for an individual, their relationships and their social life. People who are addicted to porn find themselves unable to control their desire to watch it, become hostile toward others when they’re told to stop, become irritable if they’re unable to access porn and will neglect their responsibilities to watch porn instead. These symptoms can prove to be extremely detrimental to an affected college student’s studies and harm their grades.

There’s a huge stigma against porn in America as well as a strange, universal understanding. Many religious groups propagate negativity against pornography and publish studies that back up their claims. They’ve found negative effects on the users of these erotic materials such as desensitization towards sex with their partners, the promotion of the illusion that sex is readily available to them at any time and an increased likelihood of sexual aggression. They’ve also done many studies on the industry itself and the harmful effects it has on the actors.

This $5 billion industry can’t be brought down with just the word of religious sympathizers. There are, on average, more than 28,000 internet users viewing porn at any given second and over $3000 being spent on it in that same second. Of course, porn viewers are likely to be performing the act of masturbation in accompaniment to their experience. This is what creates the likelihood of addiction as reaching orgasm sends a significant amount of dopamine and oxytocin to the brain. This creates positive reinforcement for the viewer to continue watching and may create a dependency on material.

While the act of masturbation may have negative effects if done in excess, it also ha benefits. If done responsibly, masturbation may improve mood and sleep, decrease stress and help self-esteem. The exploration of one’s own body isn’t inherently bad, though that may depend on one’s religious beliefs. Like with any other behavior that may become addictive or damaging, self-control and responsibility are important to keep in mind.

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Porn Addiction

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