Pornography Addiction in a Relationship

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.

Pornography Harmful?

​​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.

  • Dissatisfaction with sex: It is one of the first things that come to light. When a person puts their own sexual habits on a scale with porn on the other side, it will not add up. The reason for this is that sex in porn is not how sex in the real world will work. There are camera angles, lighting, editing, and general movie magic that goes into the presentation. When you begin to want that in real life, it is going to put a strain on the relationship.
  • Sexual dysfunction: Erectile dysfunction and a lack of arousal may stem out of Pornography Addiction Treatment . It may come to a point where either you, your partner, or both of you may not be able to function sexually without the assistance of porn.
  • Negative body image: While the world is still telling people what they should look like, porn takes it to a whole new level. Unrealistic expectations from sex has led a number of men and women to feel ashamed about their normal sexuality because 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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