The Healthy Hack

While for most people, porn means to enlighten themselves about the reality of sex, for others it is an outlet for sexual fantasies. But if this fantasy turns to an addiction or obsession, you may be putting yourself in a serious trouble. So when does a continuous viewing of pornography become something more disturbing?

Are You Addicted To Porn?

Here are the signs that you are addicted to porn:

  • While you are excited and stimulated at the beginning, afterward you feel depressed, ashamed, or guilty.
  • You try to cover up yourself watching porn.
  • You fix your life to accommodate the porn viewing. You take your time away from porn thinking about porn and when you’re going to delight next.
  • You feel you should watch porn, even if it costs you your romantic or social relationships.
  • Your emotional and/or psychological growth is being inhibited.
  • You get feelings of loneliness, low self-esteem, or despair.

Side Effects Of Porn Addiction

Depression

One of the big problems with porn addiction is that it could be contributing to a more deep-seated problem that needs attention and medical care – such as depression. If this depression and the porn addiction are not addressed, the individual could suffer far graver health consequences both mental and physical.

Low Self-Esteem

Before and during porn use, an addict is likely to feel a rush of excitement. Unfortunately, after the consumption of sexual media, negative feelings begin to set in. These could manifest as intense guilt or shame. The user may feel remorse or even sink into depression. All of these combine to hit their self-esteem and eventually turn them into a recluse.

Relationship Issues And Poor Sex Life

When you indulge in porn too much, it can make a dent in relationships with your real-life sexual partners. For one thing, viewing porn for masturbation, which is a solitary exercise, can draw you away from your sexual partners. For another, porn sets up unrealistic expectations for women to live up to. The women also had lower self-esteem and they said their sexual satisfaction was below par.

Risky Behavior

If an addict goes unchecked, they could begin indulging in potentially risky behavior. They may put their education or job on the line. Some may go so far that they actually lose their jobs or suffer financial losses to fund their porn addiction and to make time available to indulge in porn at the cost of their job and responsibilities.

Sexual Addiction

Sexual addiction could be an underlying cause of this porn addiction. And if that’s the case, then they stand to also put themselves at risk of sexually transmitted infections and diseases. Porn consumption actually becomes an easy outlet for the sexual urges of those with an addiction sex itself.

There is also a debate on whether excessive porn viewing can lead to sexual violence. Several studies have found a link between rape or domestic violence and porn addiction.