Am I A Porn Addict?
Am I A Porn Addict?

Am I A Porn Addict?

You are here because you are interested if you are a porn addict. We have compiled the most common behaviors and side-effects.

It is important to note that one symptom on our lists means nothing. Several, however, may indicate a problem.

Absolutely nothing is wrong with masturbation. The problem lies when internet Pornography viewing becomes problematic to the degree of having an impact on real-life.

How To Determine If You Have A Problem With Pornography Use?

Stop masturbating and watch for a month and see what happens. If you can stay away without issues, you are in the clear. If you can’t, well… Welcome to the club!

What Are The Common Behaviors Associated With Porn Addiction?

  • Hiding porn use (cleaning browser history)
  • Possessing a collection of preferred content on your pc/ phone
  • Loss of other interests, except pornography
  • Prefer alone time
  • Rationalization and justification of porn use
  • Denial
  • Your porn use becomes a ritual (close the shades, turn off your phone, lock the door, prepare tissues, fix your seat, browse away)
  • Procrastination
  • Searching for that perfect scene to orgasm with
  • Unable to break free, despite being aware of the damage and risks it poses to you
  • Visits to escorts to play out deviant sexual fantasies
  • Neglected personal care

The best person to see and notice these behaviors in yourself is you. The nature of Porn addiction is such that we tend to hide our consumption. In time it becomes part of us to such a degree that it’s difficult to ascertain where your begin and where Pornography ends.

What Are The Psychological Effects Associated With Porn Addiction?

  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of energy
  • Stress
  • Low motivation
  • Loneliness
  • Self-hate
  • Change in sexual preferences
  • Difficulty maintaining concentration

You may feel like two people live inside of you. One side everyone knows and interacts with, the other, the secret and disgusting side, no one can ever know you have. You may feel torn apart.

When someone compliments you on one of your qualities, you may think to yourself, “You have no idea how bad I really am.”

This kind of thinking produces depression, self-hate, unworthiness, and feeling alone with this problem. You lessen these symptoms the only way you know-how by returning to Porn. It can also lead to abuse of alcohol or other substances to help with these symptoms. This situation is self-fueling and usually spirals out of control until you hit a brick wall.

What Are The Possible Accompanying Long-term Biological Symptoms Of Porn Addiction?

  • Porn induced erectile dysfunction or PIED (When you want to engage in sexual intercourse, you can’t get excited unless you think of your preferred pornographic scenes)
  • You cant reach orgasm if you don’t think about Porn during intercourse
  • Thinner hair
  • Weight gain
  • Lower energy
  • Oily skin
  • Weaker muscles
  • Bad posture
  • Poor quality of sleep

These symptoms may develop over time. It is important to note that even all of them simultaneously does not indicate a problem with porn use. Recovering addicts indicated that these are a few of the improvements they noticed when they recovered.

What Are The Biological Effects On The Body, When Browsing For Porn?

  • Increased heart rate while browsing
  • A feeling of being high
  • Enhanced focus on the content (trans)
  • A feeling of heat in the body and head
  • Sweating
  • Cold sweats

These are noticeable when you watch how your body reacts when your mind gets hijacked by Porn. If you don’t specifically pay attention to these reactions, they will go under your radar.

During abstention from Porn for a while and then a relapse, these feelings intensify drastically. It is one of many reasons why it is hard to go directly back on a recovery path after a relapse.

What Are Porn Addiction’s Other Side Effects?

  • You prefer masturbation to actual sex
  • You watch Porn after having sex with your partner
  • Reduced feeling of intimacy with a partner
  • Sex life becomes unsatisfying
  • You objectify the opposite sex (you see only how their body would be useful to you)
  • After orgasm, you feel guilt, disgust, and shame
  • You spend money on Porn
  • Your porn use escalates over time from standard content to more extreme types (things you found disgusting when you started porn use)
  • Social withdrawal
  • Lost control of your impulses
  • Make bad predictions of future events
  • Make bad decisions
  • Become a liar if you are not one already
  • Lost direction in life
  • You can’t get arroused without thinking of Pornography

Conclusion

Do an honest self-evaluation of your porn consumption. Try to see past the denials and all the bullshit your mind tries to feed you. If you suspect you might be suffering from problematic Porn addiction, I employ you to seek help. Porn addiction can and will rob you of years of your life if left unchecked.

It is a problem that will likely become more widespread now because of all of these COVID-19 lockdowns. Anyone, regardless of age and gender, can be affected.

Remember that, even though you may be using pornography, it does not necessarily mean you are an addict. Some people have a predisposition to addictions. Same as with alcohol or any other drug for that matter.

I hope this article helps you to determine if you might be a Porn addict.

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