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What is porn addiction?

The prevalence of pornographic websites and images on the Internet is difficult to ignore. Pornography addiction in North America has become an issue due to the ease of finding and browsing adult sites online. The effect of porn on individuals with sex and pornography addictions is huge and porn is becoming an even bigger problem in the new world.

Research shows that:

  • 12% of websites on the Internet are pornographic – that’s 24,644,172 adult sites.
  • 40 million Americans are regular visitors to porn sites.
  • 10% of porn users admit to being addicted to pornography.
  • For many struggling with sex and pornography addiction, the Internet is a minefield. The Smoking Jacket about America’s porn addiction states that about 200,000 Americans are “porn addicts” spending 11 hours or more per week viewing porn online. Although the majority of porn addicts are men, 17% of women say they struggle with pornography addiction.

    Regardless of whether the sex and pornography addict is male or female, the effects of porn addiction are equally destructive.

    According to the same Infographic by The Smoking Jacket:

  • 40% of sex addicts lose their spouses.
  • 58% of sex addicts suffer considerable financial losses.
  • One-third of sex addicts lose their jobs.
  • Sadly, the the effects of pornography use is shown to increases the marital infidelity rate by more than 300%, 56% of divorce cases involved one spouse with “an obsessive interest in pornographic websites,” and severe clinical depression was reported twice as frequently among Internet pornography users compared to non-users.

    Out of all the different types of sexual addictions, porn addiction is the one that is most commonly reported. Porn addiction, like many other addictions, becomes problematic when it interferes with your everyday life. The signs and symptoms of a porn addict are similar to those of drug and alcohol addicts. A large percentage of people who are addicted to porn in any of its forms tend to experience difficulties in personal relationships. It is believed that this occurs because porn addicts tend to isolate themselves from friends, family and coworkers to continue the behaviors that fuel the addiction.

    Here are a few ways to determine if you or someone you know might have a porn addiction.

    1. YOU'RE ANTISOCIAL
    Your friends or family members might invite you out for social gatherings, but you'd rather keep to yourself. You also might find yourself making excuses to avoid any types of social interactions or find reasons to get home as soon as possible. You might also become more preoccupied with porn as soon as you set foot into your home.

    2. YOU KEEP YOUR PORN WATCHING A SECRET
    Many people might keep their sexual fantasies and habits a secret, but with porn addicts, they will go the extra step to hide the fact that they watch porn frequently.

    3. YOU LOSE TRACK OF TIME
    You look at your clock, and five hours have passed — you don't know where the time has gone.

    4. IT'S INTERFERING WITH YOUR SEX LIFE

    By constantly watching porn, you're desensitizing yourself to any type of external arousal. "It can deplete your libido and lead to a lack of mojo - if you're masturbating frequently, you may end up being less into sex with your partner and not putting enough time into romance, foreplay and your connection with your partner."

    5. YOU EXPECT YOUR SEX-LIFE TO BE JUST LIKE A PORNO
    Your partner might be competing with another woman or man — your favorite porn star. Or, you might try to reenact scenes from the pornographic videos you have seen, and you might even get angry when your partner isn't able to perform like these film stars.