The Science of Porn

by Craig Gross

One of the common things that gets debated when it comes to pornography use is its “addictive” nature. Is porn really addictive in the clinical sense of the word? Does porn really damage or change the user’s brain or is that notion just an example of weak science?

Before you answer those questions remember that alcoholism wasn’t recognized as a disease of the brain by the American Medial Association until 1956! That being said, the scientific data on porn or sex addiction is still very new so it seems reasonable that there is no solid clinical answer on this matter of of yet.

However, the American Society of Addiction Medicine charaterizes addiction the following way:

  1. The innability to consistently abstain
  2. Impairment inbehavioral control
  3. Craving for [substances] or rewarding experiences
  4. Reduced recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships; and
  5. A dysfunctionalemotional response

Here’s my take on this. We have talked to thousands of people about this and these “characterisitics” are generally present in most if not all cases. You may want to argue about the technicalities but I’d say the evidence is pretty compelling; porn is not only addictive but it kills.

Check out this graphic provided by Desert Solace.

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