Screen Addiction Free is an educational guide about the harmful effects of online porn.
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WARNING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PORN ADDICTION
Being unable to stop using porn or stop engaging in the behaviors associated with porn, despite repeated attempts to do so. Approximately 9% of viewers reported that they had made unsuccessful attempts to stop.
Experiencing cravings to view porn. Much like substance users report feeling strong urges to use drugs, porn addicts can experience strong urges to view porn.
Becoming angry, hostile, or irritable when asked to stop using porn. Porn addicts may deny their porn viewing or be upset when loved ones request that they stop.
Keeping all or part of one’s porn use secret from loved ones. Porn addiction has been shown to lead to increased secrecy in relationships.
Feeling as though one is living a double or secret life because of porn use. A person with a porn addiction may feel guilty or ashamed and work hard to hide his or her porn viewing from others.
Continuing to view porn despite negative consequences, such as broken relationships or a job loss. Relationships where one partner is addicted to porn can lead to a reduction in intimacy, emotional distance, reduced sexual satisfaction, and an overall poorer quality of relationship. Being unable to abstain from porn during work hours can lead to disciplinary action or even job loss.
Losing track of large chunks of time due to being absorbed in porn use. Porn addicts may spend much of the day viewing pornography. This can lead to porn becoming a priority, with everything else set aside in favor of viewing porn.
Requiring increasing amounts or more explicit porn to gain the same satisfaction or thrill, similar to the development of a tolerance.
questions to determine if porn has become a problem for you
Do you spend more time viewing porn than you originally intended?
Are you unsuccessful in your efforts to stop or limit your consumption of pornography?
Has your time spent viewing pornography interfered with, or taken precedence over, other personal and professional commitments, hobbies, and relationships in your life?
Do you go out of your way to keep your pornography consumption a secret? (e.g. deleting your web browser history, lying about viewing porn)
Has viewing pornography caused significant problems in your intimate relationship(s)?
Do you experience a cycle of arousal and enjoyment before and during pornography consumption, followed by feelings of shame, guilt, and remorse after you have viewed pornography?
Do you spend a significant amount of time thinking about pornography, even when you are not watching it?
Has viewing pornography otherwise caused any other negative consequences in your personal or professional life (missed work, poor performance, neglected relationships, financial problems)?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then your online porn viewing may be problematic. When porn use becomes harmful, you may want to consider seeking help if unable to stop on your own.