Porn Addiction - Introduction
Pornography is easily accessible at anytime and anywhere. The use of smart phones, social media and effortless internet access has meant porn is available in an instant. With ease of access comes an increase in usage amongst both males and females.
Not all pornographic use will be deemed as problematic however some recent statistics reveal:
• 1 in 5 internet searches on mobile devices are for pornography
• 20% of men admit to viewing pornography whilst at work.
• 88% of porn scenes contain physical aggression.
Porn use is often a pleasure seeking activity however problems occur when its use becomes excessive, impulsive or is used at the expense of other valued activities; for example, staying home to watch porn rather than meeting up with your best friend.
Some signs and symptoms of porn addiction:
• Obsession with pornography and access to it.
• Inability to stop use despite trying.
• Experiencing cravings to access porn which interfere with your day.
• Feeling anxious and irritable when unable to access.
• Spending less time doing things you previously enjoyed.
• Spending more time alone.
• Being secretive about your porn use.
• Continuing to use porn even though it is having a negative effect on you and your relationships.
• Needing to view more explicit porn to reach the same level of excitement.
• Spending unusually large periods of time accessing porn.
• Feeling powerless to resist the urge to view porn.
Consequences of porn addiction can be both physical and emotional and include:
• Experiencing shame and guilt
• Interfering with every day life.
• Relationships may be damaged.
• Sexual dysfunction
Moving out of Porn addiction / getting support
Recognising that you are experiencing a problem is often the first step toward seeking support and changing behaviour.
The counselling service is available to both staff and students at the University of Warwick. The service offers face to face, email or group counselling with experienced counselling professionals who are available to offer confidential support.
If you feel you require medical support or information this can be obtained from you GP.
Resources and references
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSF82AwSDiU The great porn experiment / TEDx talk:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRJ_QfP2mhU Why I stopped watching porn / TEDx talk:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qf2e3XZ8Tw&feature=youtu.be We need to talk about sex addiction / TEDx talk:
https://podcast.app/sc-porn-vs-having-sex-with-a-real-person-gary-wilson-e25008086/?share=ios Relationship podcast looking at how problematic porn can be and how to address the problems it creates