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Sex Addiction vs. Porn Addiction

 

Pornography has emerged as an epidemic in the 20th and 21st centuries, making addiction to pornography widespread. When diagnosing this condition it is important that we do not group porn addiction with sex addiction because they are very different. Classic sex addiction is rare whereas porn addiction is much more common.

Pornography itself is alluring and easy to obtain in the world today. Anyone who has access to the internet should be able to quickly navigate their web browser to a pornographic website. Search engines are used by a startling number of people to satiate their curiosity and look up porn, according to statistics from Family Safe Media.

Healthcare professionals who deal with sexual issues may not be aware of the problems that porn addiction may cause. Aside from objectification of the women and men featured in the porn, which is wrong and can lead to serious relational and other real-life problems, porn addiction can lead to erectile dysfunction in otherwise healthy men.

Porn addiction is not strictly limited to men but the majority of those who suffer from it are male. Porn addicts may suffer from erectile dysfunction (or ED) and sometimes they are treated for the condition as if it were a purely physiological problem. Actually, the root of the problem likely is porn addiction and the person should just be advised to lay off of the porn.

For those of you who would like to know, here are some ways that porn addiction differs from sex addiction:

1. Sexual performance difficulties are common among porn addicts. You normally don’t hear about serious sexual performance issues among sex addicts

2. Sexual addiction involves real people in real life situations, whereas internet porn addiction involves a screen where addicts get feed on pixels/searching/visual novelty. In contrast, sex addicts are hooked on novel partners, risky sex, flashing, frottage, and the like.

3. Porn addiction is like video game addiction and often doesn’t spill over into other sexual activity. In fact, some heavy porn users cannot become aroused by real women — even those they find sexually attractive.

4. Porn addicts often feel that they would like to have a steady relationship with a member of the opposite sex. Or if they have a girlfriend or boyfriend, they would like to respond sexually to her. Sex addicts want a variety of partners, being hooked on novel people rather than novel videos and pixels.

Online forums reveal that nowadays porn addicts complain that they cannot stop viewing and that their dirty habit is interfering with their abilities to date and mate. Recovering from porn addiction takes only 2-4 months instead of the 3-5 years it takes to recover from sexual addiction. Most people bounce back to their pre-porn personalities and charisma levels.

Sources:

  1. “Pornography Statistics.” Pornography Statistics. Family Safe Statistics, n.d. Web. 02 May 2013.
  2. Wilson, Gary. “Porn Addiction Is Not Sex Addiction-And Why It Matters.” Psychologytoday.com. Psychology Today, 21 Nov. 2011. Web. 2 May 2013.

 

 

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