aside Porn addiction… real or a media phenomenon?


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I have always wondered whether ‘porn addiction’ was a real thing. Lots of people watch porn. Men, certainly, are quite open about watching it. Women not so much, often because it’s not particularly catered to women, although that is changing. But, given the size of the industry, it’s fair to say it’s pretty standard behaviour.

But addiction to porn? I just don’t know.

There were numerous disturbing aspects to the recent case of Magnus Meyer Hustveit, who repeatedly raped his girlfriend as she lay sleeping beside him. One of the things that bothered me most about it was his assertion that he did it because she wouldn’t let him watch porn. Porn addiction doesn’t seem to have formed a part of his legal defence (that I know of) but it sounds like he was trying to use it as an excuse.

What do you think? Is porn addiction a real thing? Where should people go for help? Is help available? I would love to know your thoughts… 

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One comment

  1. Everything we do in life has a correlated neural activity, when we do things often our neural activities develop into neural pathways. Well established neural pathways are habits. Habits with accompanying highs (i.e. dopamine responses) can become addictive behaviours. As human animals these biological responses are useful (we form strong connections with people through continued positive interaction). However, in modern society there are many behaviours that are detrimental to our lives. Addictions are very real and if indulged in long term they can change brain chemistry. Addiction to sex is no different. However, it can have more serious consequences for society. People who are addicted to drugs will engage in many illegal activities to obtain drugs, with sex it is easier to obtain it directly by prying on the vulnerable. As is the case with rape, assault on vulnerable hospital patients, children etc. I feel sex addiction most definitely requires treatment.

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