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Porn Addiction

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 statistics reveal that: 

  • 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 withevery day life.
  • Relationships may be damaged.
  • Sexual dysfunction 

Pornography Addiction Treatment 

There are two sides to addiction: the physical and the psychological. 

Addiction distorts brain functioning. It alters the naturally produced neurotransmitters in the brain that regulate communications between the cells, the muscles, and the organs. Pornography addiction can best be treated by a medical professionals or therapist knowledgeable about addictive behaviours. 

Getting support 

  • Recognising that you are experiencing a problem is often the first step toward seeking support and changing behaviour. 
    There are a range of therapies that may be beneficial to you. Wellbeing and Student Support can support you to find help. 
  • The Wellbeing and Student Support are available to students at the University of Warwick: 
  • If you feel you require medical support or information this can be obtained from you GP. 

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