The Causes and Effects of Porn Addiction

Updated on September 19, 2018
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Porn addiction increased in recent years.
Porn addiction increased in recent years. | Source

Porn addiction may seem like a bizarre disorder to many, but it can be quite harmful to the patients, as well as to society. It is a disorder that revolves around the excessive viewing of pornographic material, such as pornographic movies, short films, and even images. Because of the increase in the number of addicts in recent years, porn addiction has gradually gained attention in the medical field.

There Are Many Reasons for Porn Addiction

These may not be the only reasons for such an addiction, but they are surely thought to be the most common ones.

1. Constant Feelings of Loneliness

People who feel loved and needed might feel as if they are at the top of the world. However, those who cannot find such affection—for whatever reasons—may become victims of loneliness and depression. They may feel that there is no one there to care for them or love them the way they want to be loved. They may also feel incapable of having an intimate relationship with anyone. These feelings may provoke them to turn to porn to satisfy their sexual desires or to pretend to be happy.

2. Difficulty Sleeping

A lot of people watch porn because it helps them sleep better at night. Satisfying sexual needs can release a lot of pent up stress. This not only relaxes the body but the mind as well. However, such habits can quickly turn into an addiction and become a necessary part of the individual’s daily life.

3. Bad Company

Teenagers that get into the wrong company may be pushed towards such activities as they are usually considered to be thrilling and cool. What starts off as an exciting secret may soon transform into a full-fledged addiction. These teens may not even be able to ask for help for the fear of getting in trouble with their parents or other relatives.

Porn addiction can have several negative effects on the patient's health and happiness.
Porn addiction can have several negative effects on the patient's health and happiness. | Source

How Porn Addiction Can Add Stress and Negatively Affect Your Life

It is possible to quit porn; however, it may take a long time. Those who cannot beat their addiction may be burdened with terrible costs.

1. Worsening Physical and Mental Health

Among the many reasons to quit porn, negative health effects may be the most important. Porn addicts are so deeply trapped within their condition that it becomes quite impossible for them to not think about pornography over a long period of time. They may have constant thoughts about it, whether at work or jogging outside. If they are unable to get their hands on their porn material when their craving starts, they might start feeling anxious and restless. Such anxiety is not good for the mind as it causes unnecessary stress. It may also lead to headaches, high levels of irritability, and feelings of helplessness. If such individuals are unable to deal with all the anxiety and stress, they may even fall victim to depression.

2. Loss of Sex Drive

Individuals who become addicted to porn may initially feel a lot of pleasure by satisfying their sexual needs. However, as the level of addiction becomes more severe, they find it harder and harder to get turned on by explicit content. They keep searching for "better" content until they are no longer able to find it. This eventually leads to the loss of their sex drive, or libido, as the addicts are no longer able to get turned on by anything or anyone. Such conditions are hard to cure and may require a lot of time and help.

3. Estrangement From Family and Friends

Since porn addicts tend to spend a lot of time with their porn material, they find that they are incapable of maintaining healthy relationships with their friends and family. They keep canceling their plans when they feel they cannot be away from porn for too long. They also prefer being alone.

This can break the bonds of friendships, as friends may not understand this kind of addiction. Sometimes, families decide to cut contact with the addicts instead of helping them out and supporting them during this tough time. This will add to their sense of helplessness and loneliness and may take them deeper down into depression.

4. Unemployment

Due to the constant feelings of anxiety, addicts may find that they can’t focus on their jobs. If they are incapable of finishing their work on time or maintaining the quality of work, then they might be at a risk of becoming unemployed. Also, some addicts may make the mistake of viewing porn at work when they think that no one is watching. However, it is easy as pie to get caught red-handed. Such a situation will also bring about the wrath of their bosses.

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