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Recently the increasingly popular YouTube channel Discovery News released a video titled, “Religious People View Porn Addiction Differently.” This two minute video sparked a question about the populace’s opinion on this graphic subject, and the validity of the video’s hypothesis: is there really such thing as a porn addiction?
In essence, the YouTube video stated that pornography addiction may have been fabricated by religious and moral beliefs due to the fact that there is no clinical diagnosis for one, and also that many porn addiction relief books and studies are linked very closely with religion.
Could pornography really be an invisible pandemic thriving behind our keyboards? It’s hard to say, since in order to spot an addiction, addiction itself must be established.
According to Psychology Today magazine, addiction is “a condition that results when a person ingests a substance or engages in an activity that can be pleasurable, but the continued use of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities such as work, relationships, or health.”
A recent study at Montreal University attempted to discover the answer to this steamy question.
The goal was to create a survey, one group of men in their twenties who view porn, and another group of male twenty-something’s who have never seen porn. The results were eye opening. The latter group did not exist, or could not be found. The experiment was scrapped.
Pornography is hot and steamy right now, but is it harmful to human behavior?
According to yourbrainonporn.com, porn can lead to erectile dysfunction or ED in men as early as they’re twenties due to desensitization. Pornography feeds the brain with a flood of endorphins, the brain’s natural excitement drug. If endorphins are released at a constant enough rate, the brain will have to up the stakes in order to achieve the same level of excitement. This inevitably desensitizes the brain to anything other than a more extreme level of porn.
In essence, the site states that eventually men will prefer porn to their partners.
However, these cases are rare and have received heavy professional critique such as Psychology Today’s article, “An Erectile Dysfunction Myth.”
On the other hand, Psychology Today’s article stated that porn wasn’t the cause of ED, but that excessive masturbation was to blame. Although, this could be seen as an aftermath of pornography considering that porn and masturbating go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Apart from a biological effect, strong negative social effects are also within the ripples of porn’s aftermath.
Tyler and Veronica Benton, founders of “The White Collar Side Show,” an addiction relief drama and musical group, founded their start on pornography. In an interview with xxxchurch.com, Veronica said her husband’s secret addiction to pornography made her feel inadequate in her appearance and even pushed her to the point of bulimia.
This can be linked to the obvious problem with pornography; porn shamelessly objectifies women into faceless sexual objects.
Even though pornography does not have a medical diagnosis of being an addiction, its excessive use does share some of the same criteria. Users should be aware of what its use can do. Just because porn is widely consumed and accepted does not necessarily mean that it should be.