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The Causes and Effects of Porn Addiction

Updated on December 12, 2016

Pornography Addiction

Porn addiction may seem like a bizarre disorder to many, but it goes without saying that it is something that may be quite harmful for the individuals themselves as well as the society. It can be categorized as a disorder which revolves around the excessive viewing of pornographic material or content such as porn movies, short films, and even certain images. Porn addiction has gained importance gradually with the increase in the number of those needing help. Below are a few main reasons why individuals may turn to such activities willingly.

Causes of Porn addiction

1. Constant Feelings of Loneliness
People who feel loved and needed may feel as if they are at the top of the world. However, those who cannot find such affection, for whatever reasons, may become victims of loneliness and depression. They may feel that there is no one there to care for them or love them like they want. They may also feel incapable of having an intimate relationship with anyone. These feelings may provoke them to turn to porn to satisfy their sexual desires or to pretend to be happy.

2. Difficulty with Sleeping
A lot of people just watch porn because it helps them sleep better at night. Satisfying sexual needs can release a lot of pent up stress. This not only relaxes the body, but the mind as well. However, such habits can quickly turn into being classified as an addiction and become a necessary part of the individual’s daily life.

3. Bad Company
Teenagers that get into the wrong company may be pushed towards such activities as they are usually considered to be thrilling and cool by youngsters. What starts off as an exciting secret may soon transform into full fledged addiction. These teens may not even be able to ask for help for the fear of getting in trouble with parents or other relatives.

These three may not be the only reasons for such an addiction, but they are surely thought to be the most common ones. Some steps to quite porn may be taken; however, they may not always be followed over a long period of time. Those who cannot break porn addiction may have to be burdened with terrible costs.
Effects of Porn:

1. The Negative Effects on Health
Among the many reasons to quit porn, negative health effects may be the most important one. Porn addicts are so deeply trapped within their condition that it becomes quite impossible for them to not think about pornography over a long period of time. They may have constant thoughts of such content whether at work or outside somewhere. If they are unable to get their hands on their porn material when their craving for it starts, they might start feeling anxious and restless. Such anxiety is not good for the mind as it causes unnecessary stress. It may also lead to headaches, high levels of irritability and feelings of helplessness. If such individuals are unable to deal with all the anxiety and stress, they may even fall victim to depression.

2. Losing the Sexual Drive
Individuals who become addicted to porn may initially feel a lot of pleasure by satisfying their sexual needs. However, as the level of addiction becomes more severe, they find it harder and harder to get turned on by such explicit content. They keep searching for ‘better’ content until they are no longer able to find it any more. This eventually leads to the loss of sexual drive, or libido, as the addicts are no longer able to get turned on by anything or anyone. Such conditions are hard to cure and may require a lot of time and help.

3. Possibility of Getting Estranged From Family and Friends
Since porn addicts tend to spend a lot of time with their porn material, they find that they are incapable of maintaining healthy relationships with their friends and family. They keep cancelling their outing plans when they feel they cannot be away from porn for too long. They also prefer being alone. This can break the bonds of friendships as friends may no longer understand this kind of addiction. Sometimes even families decide to cut contact with the addicts instead of helping them out and supporting them in their tough time. This will add to their sense of helplessness and loneliness and may take them deeper down into depression.

4. Possibility of Becoming Unemployed
Due to the constant feelings of anxiety, addicts may find that they can’t focus on their jobs. If they are incapable of finishing their work on time or maintaining the quality of work, then they might be at a risk of becoming unemployed. Also, some addicts may make the mistake of viewing porn at work when they think that no one is watching. However, it is easy as pie to get caught red handed. Such a situation will also bring about the wrath of these individuals’ bosses.

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