Online Pornography Addiction

 

Various types of sex addictions are prevalent. While some cases are mild, and classified by the constant need for sexual gratification, other cases are so severe that they threaten a person’s relationships with family and friends. Because sex addiction is a hush-hush topic, few understand the gravity of the addiction. Jokingly, some people term themselves as sex addicts. However, an addiction to sex involves more than an enjoyment of sexual relations. In most cases, the addict is so consumed or preoccupied with sex, he or she will go to extreme lengths to fulfill their addiction. Often times, online pornography functions as a tool. Pornography is very addictive. Even though this addiction is common among men, there are a number of women with a constant need for viewing pornography. Regrettably, once an addiction to porn is born, overcoming the problem can be challenging. Even if a person is determined to stop obsessing over pornography, mental images remain imprinted on their brain, which makes the addiction hard to break.

What is Pornography?

Pornography consists of magazines, videos, and websites containing very sexually explicit material. Porn has many forms from soft-core to hardcore. Furthermore, porn addicts can choose from a wide range of sexual material including straight-porn (male and female,) gay porn, couples porn, lesbian porn, and so forth. Curiosity is the root of many porn addictions. Some people stumble upon pornography websites while searching the Internet. Rather than leave the site immediately, they become captivated and curious. Pornography is intended to excite sexual feelings. In turn, viewers pleasure themselves by means of sexual intercourse or masturbation. Even though pornography may sound innocent, the consequences are dangerous.

Online Porn Dangers 

A few couples incorporate porn into their foreplay routine. In this case, pornography viewing is playful and innocent. Yet, a large number of people are unable to separate porn from their sex life. Upon viewing several porn websites or videos, addicts may want to integrate many of the sexual acts into their sex life. Porn can be degrading and extreme. Hence, one’s partner may not be willing to engage in certain sexual acts. When this occurs, problems arise between the couple.

Furthermore, extreme porn viewing may make it impossible for an addict to gain sexual pleasure or satisfaction from sex with his or her partner. Unfortunately, some addicts can only reach sexual excitement by means of pornography.

Signs of Online Porn Addiction

• Desensitized – Previously appalling material loses its shock appeal. 
• Daydreams – Porn addicts will create fantasies, in which he or she is acting out a favorite porn scene. 
• Secretive – Porn addicts are often ashamed and will hide their addiction 
• Preoccupation with sexual pleasure 
• No longer attributes sex with love 
• Neglects family and personal obligations

Overcoming Online Porn Addiction

Because online porn is readily available on the Internet, stopping the addiction is difficult. Addicts who acknowledge their addiction and are willing to change have a higher success rate. Yet, slip-ups may arise, which causes a setback in their recovery. Several online websites are available to assist with the recovery. Furthermore, sex and pornography addiction counselors and support groups are useful. Until the addiction is controlled, counselors may suggest extreme measures such as removing the computer from the home or canceling the Internet service. 

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