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Man Blames Apple for his Porn Addiction

 

For those suffering from porn addiction, it can be incredibly difficult to even admit you have a problem, let alone seek therapy for it. Porn addicts must confront a problem that is personal and embarrassing, not to mention the entire concept of porn addiction is shrouded in shame and stigma.

However, a lawyer from, Nashville, TN has gone completely public with his experience of porn addiction. Chris Sevier, 36, is blaming Apple, Inc. for not restricting access to pornography and provocative websites. Although by the very nature of addiction, an addict may not have control over the way the chemicals in their brain respond to stimuli, they still must take responsibility for their actions – just because an action was compelled by an addiction doesn’t excuse the behavior itself.

Sevier filed a 50-page complaint last month against Apple, in which he alleges that the technology giant supports pornography and sexually arousing material (Subramanian). In his claim he blames Apple for his porn addiction, which subsequently interfered with his marriage to the point where he couldn’t view his wife as attractive and she left him. (Moran). He also states Apple should provide a warning about the addictive – and therefore dangerous – properties of pornography. Although he is looking for compensation, Sevier claims he will drop his lawsuit if Apple would permit users over the age of 18 to access these sites only if they sign a form that acknowledges the dangers of pornography (Subramanian).

While it’s clear that Sevier’s addiction caused him and his family great emotional and psychological damage, he seems to still be operating in the mindset of an addict; assigning blame where he needs to be taking responsibility. His actions, while certainly influenced by his addiction, are solely his own; addiction doesn’t make it ‘OK.’ He is deflecting the culpability towards others in order to avoid the feelings of shame, failure, and embarrassment that come with his addiction. A hallmark characteristic of any addiction is to blame others for your actions, and this case is a great example. However, Sevier is mistaken in asserting that Apple is responsible for his addiction – regardless of whether or not the corporation regulates access to pornographic content.

Porn addiction can be caused by many psychological and circumstantial factors. If a person has low self-esteem, they may find that porn or sexual gratification can provide relief and pleasure. It also can serve as a fantasy-based escape from real life. Pre-existing problems in a relationship may also influence the development of an addiction to pornography. If a couple cannot seem to fix relational or sexual issues; someone may turn to porn to feel good when their partner doesn’t meet certain needs. This type of behavior, where an individual seeks the instant gratification of viewing porn to alleviate feelings, puts the individual at a higher risk of developing an addiction to it(Langford).

Additionally, there are different stages of porn addiction. Many porn addicts are exposed to sexually explicit content at an early age, and keep coming back because of how good it can make them feel. It’s a process or a behavioral addiction that is also a form of sex addiction. Oftentimes, people who suffer from porn addiction eventually begin to search for more disturbing, graphic content to try to reach the thrill of their first time, and end up reaching a point where they are no longer satisfied or gratified with anything they can find. Like other addictions, viewing porn causes an addictive and exhilarating dopamine rush in the brain, causing the individual to increasingly repeat the activity. (McConnell and Campbell).

Sevier may or may not be aware of the potential causes and the progression of porn addiction, but he certainly is misguided in blaming Apple for his addiction. The sooner he truthfully takes responsibility for his actions, the sooner he can begin the healing process. Only then can he dispel the feelings of shame, anger, and disappointment that commonly arise when addiction takes over people’s lives.

Works Cited:

Langford, Peter. “What Causes Porn Addiction?” n.d. Ezine Articles. Web. 17 July 2013.

McConnell, Gene and Keith Campbell. “The Stages of Pornography Addiction.” 1996. Focus on the Family. Web. 17 July 2013.

Moran, Lee. “Apple made me addicted to porn: Nashville lawyer sues tech giant .” 17 July 2013. New York Daily News. Web. 17 July 2013.

Subramanian, Courtney. “Man Sues Apple for His Porn Addiction.” 17 July 2013. TIME. Web. 17 July 2013.

 

 

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