Pornography Addiction and Porn Addicts

Pornography addiction is still a hotly debated topic as it is unclear whether an overuse of pornographic material can really be classified as an addiction. There is not clear definition of pornography addiction, nor is there any scientifically-verifiable criteria to diagnose it. Therefore the label largely depends on the patient and the practitioner agreeing upon a dependence on the use of pornographic material. Overall it is a diverse condition, if it can be labelled as such, that can vary on the type of media and the content. A growing aspect these days is online porn given the ease and convenience of accessing specific adult content on the internet.

Who is a porn addict?

A pornography addict is any person who needs frequent use of pornographic material for personal satisfaction or to maintain interpersonal relationships and usually hoards pornographic material for the same purposes. Although there is no clear definition, it is fair to say that a porn addict will seek pornographic material specifically in order to curb some desire and failure to do so will have some impact on a person’s life or functioning. Pornography addicts are often seen as people who have a difficulty in maintaining interpersonal relationships or normal sexual interaction. However, the use of pornography is so widespread these days as the addiction may often be more of an obsession than actual need. Therefore the arbitrary definition of a porn addict can be expanded to include a broader group of frequent pornographic material users. Any person who utilizes pornographic content on a frequent basis and makes efforts to acquire and view it can therefore be considered as a porn addict. It may sometimes just be an extension of other underlying conditions including sex addiction.

Types of Porn Addiction

Pornography addiction may vary based on the type of media or type of content. Not all addicts are so specific. Some may prefer print material like magazines, movies or digital images. Others may prefer live shows. The preferences among the subject matter may also vary drastically and unfortunately it can sometimes extend into illegal activities. Pornography may be necessary for arousal and sexual activity, may require the participation of life partners or be a private matter involving only the user. It may also progress from softcore to hardcore pornography and extend into fetishes.

Why is there a pornography addiction?

It is unlikely that any specific cause can be attributed to this type of addiction. For some it may stem from dysfunctional interpersonal relationships, in childhood or even later in adulthood, whereas for others it may be a difficulty maintaining a relationship without the use of pornography. Sometimes it is neither and just a matter of personal enjoyment. When it involves psychological disturbances, there may be dissatisfaction with one’s appearance, low self esteem, a desire for acts that may not be a possible in reality or just the fantasy. Although some criminals, involving sex crimes, have been noted to have a pornography addiction there is no clear indication that every addict has criminal tendencies. It is important to note though that some couples may prefer and enjoy the use of porn and in this regard it is difficult to label one or both partners as addicts.

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