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With the increasing availability of internet porn, many individuals struggle with compulsive use and feel unable to stop it. Porn addiction is one of those things that most people refrain from accepting and perhaps even talking about. In fact, the denial of this is so strong that you’d see most people who are really addicted to it refrain from even accepting that it is an addiction. However, despite the growing concern, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding porn addiction.

 

In this article, we will dispel some of the most common myths about porn addiction, providing a clearer understanding of the causes, symptoms, and treatments available for those struggling with compulsive use.

Understanding Porn Addiction: What Is It?

Pornography addiction is considered a form of behavioural addiction, similar to gambling, alcohol or drug addiction, and can have a significant impact on an individual’s personal and professional life.

 

People who suffer from porn addiction may have a hard time controlling their urges and may continue to watch porn despite negative effects, such as relationship concerns or poor performance at work or school, affecting their quality of life. They may also experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, and depression when not watching porn.

 

Viewing porn occasionally or even frequently does not necessarily mean addiction is present. It’s when it starts to interfere with daily life activities, relationships, and mental health is when it becomes a concern. If you think you might have a porn addiction, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional to determine if an addiction is present to discuss the best treatment options available. 

How Does One Get Addicted To Porn?

While there is no one specific cause of porn addiction, it can be a result of a combination of factors. These may include:

  • Dopamine-boosting activities: The release of dopamine, a chemical in the brain associated with pleasure and reward, can be triggered by viewing porn. This can lead to the development of a “reward pathway” in the brain, making it difficult for individuals to stop viewing porn.

  • Underlying mental health conditions: Individuals with mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, or ADHD may be more susceptible to porn addiction.

  • Stress and trauma: People who have experienced trauma or stress may use porn as a means of distraction to cope or numb their feelings.

  • Lack of real-life intimate relationships: People who lack emotional connection or intimacy in their personal relationships may turn to porn as a way to fulfil those needs.

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  • Easy access to porn: The rise of the internet has made it easier than ever for people to access and view porn sites, which can contribute to the development of addiction.

What Are Some Myths And Facts About Porn Addiction?

Human hand sticking out the phone. Porn addiction concept illustration.

From the belief that only men can be addicted to porn to the idea that porn addiction is not a ‘real addiction’, it’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to this sensitive topic.

Myth 1 : Porn Addiction must be ‘fun!’ It looks ‘cool.’

 

Fact: Porn addiction is nothing closer to this assumption. Most kids or adults who are addicted to porn tend to have difficulties in their lives on a physical and psychological level, and they’re themselves finding it difficult to come out of this black hole. This suffering looks nowhere closer to ‘fun’ or ‘cool.’ On the contrary, it is more likely for the ones experiencing to feel shameful or guilty for being stuck in that situation.

Myth 2 : Porn addiction affects only the ones who generally have addictive personalities.

 

Fact: There is nothing really like ‘addictive personalities’ in real life, rather people who are addicted to something that is harmful to them but cannot come out of the loop. Since watching porn is related to releasing some hormones in the body that give pleasure for a while, it mostly turns out as a compulsive loop that the individual gets into to feel good in the daily stressful life. But again, it has nothing to do with having any other concerns with addiction in general.

Myth 3 : Only people who can’t have sex in real life are addicted to watching porn or the famous: Porn addiction goes away once you get married!

 

Fact: Even though most people who watch pornography consider it porn to be an alternative to feeling something that is an alternative to actual sex, it is not the case in reality. Since addiction happens irrespective of marital status, individuals suffering from porn addiction can be indulging in sexual intercourse and yet could be watching it.

Myth 4 : Sexual orientation plays a significant role in getting addicted to porn.

 

Fact: The sexuality of an individual or their sexual orientation has nothing to do with porn addiction. In fact, there are no specific links between having any specific sexual orientation based on the type of porn you watch. Being gay, lesbian, bisexual, homosexual or heterosexual has nothing to do with addiction to pornography.

Myth 5 : Porn addiction is the root cause of Erectile dysfunction.

 

Fact: Although there might be ‘n’ number of theories that support this argument, it is not really the truth. The over-indulgence in sex can be one of the reasons that might lead to hormonal imbalance due to physical or psychological impacts. But that cannot be considered the sole reason for causing erectile dysfunction or any sexual dysfunction for that matter.

How Can Porn Addiction Be Dealt With?

Yes, there is a lot of hot air around the area of porn addiction, but with the right kind of help and with the right approach, it can be treated. But till then, don’t fall into the traps of any of these internet-buzzed myths around it!

 

Porn addiction can be dealt with through a combination of therapy, support groups, and lifestyle changes. Therapy can help individuals understand the underlying reasons for their addiction and develop coping mechanisms to deal with triggers and cravings.  Lifestyle changes, such as limiting access to porn and engaging in healthy activities, can also help reduce the impact of addiction. Additionally, some people may benefit from medication or other forms of treatment, depending on the severity of their addiction and their individual needs.

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