There was a time when access to pornography addiction was, for a lack of a better term, restricted. People had to physically go to a shop, pick up a magazine or tape, pay for it at the counter and go home to watch it. Today, however, every single person with a cell phone and an internet connection has access to any kind of pornography they want. There is literally no restriction to porn right now. All this free access and variety and range just waiting to be seen can cause a lot of issues. 40 million Americans regularly visit porn sites. One out of every 3 visitors to a porn site is female, and at least 8% of all emails sent every day are pornographic in nature. With over 12% of the internet plainly porn, it is safe to say that we are in a generation that is saturated with the stuff.
The question of whether or not porn is healthy is one that faces heavy debate. While some feel that it is natural and healthy to be curious about certain things and that porn can help a relationship grow more intimate by showing a person what they may or may not like with their partner, others feel that it can bring about unrealistic notions about sex addiction and the way the body functions. Whatever be your stance on the subject, one thing is for certain, too much porn is not good, in fact, in many cases, it can be a full blown addiction.
Couples counseling practitioners often compare porn addiction to any other drug related addiction that a person may suffer from; it has similar trademarks and characteristics. There are a number of issues that can stem out of the over viewing of porn.
Pornography can also be a form of sexual addiction where the person may feel like they are able to mentally supplement a physical need by watching others engage in sexual acts.
Porn addiction can put a serious strain on any relationship. Couples therapy has proven to be quite good in tackling and overcoming this addiction. One of the most important things to remember though is that love and communication is key. If you are facing something like this, or you suspect your partner may be suffering from it, do seek out help . It can be beaten.
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