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Pornography Addiction

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Natalie Burns

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Pornography Addiction
Negative Effects
Positive Effects
Does this sound familiar?
Americans fed the porn industry 13.3 Billion dollars in 2006.
(950 mil for mags)
First Look: Internet Porn Addiction (CBS News)
Technology correspondent Daniel Sieberg previews his "CBS Evening News" report on addiction to Internet pornography.
EARLY 1990's
February 1993- The internet is made public.
March 1993 - the largest child pornography investigation in history begins
1995 - A study conducted that 80% of internet usage if from pornography.

LATE 1990's
1996 - The Communications Decency Act (CDA) is created.
1996 - The Association of Site Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is created.

2004 - China attempts to ban internet pornography.
2009 - Media Streaming is improved and bandwidth cost drop.
Porn Addiction Treatments
Cognitive-behavioral therapy
has been suggested as a possible effective treatment for pornography addiction based on its success with Internet addicts, though no clinical trials have been performed to assess effectiveness among pornography addicts as of 2012.

Acceptance and commitment therapy
has also been shown to be a potentially effective treatment for problematic Internet pornography viewing.

Inpatient rehabs
tend to be more expensive, but they often offer a better chance of getting clean, as they break the cycle of addiction.
Porn Addiction Leads to Child Prostitution
Meet Sweetie the Virtual Little Girl Who Has Identified 1,000 Pedophiles Around the World
72 million users visit Internet pornography sites each year.
One in five children, ages 10 to 17, have received a sexual solicitation over the Internet.
One expert in cybersex addiction asserts that 15% of individuals visiting on-line porn sites develop sexual behavior that interferes with their lives.
According to the founder of the Center for Online Addiction, approximately 65% of people who visit their site, do so because of marital problems created by cyber pornography.
12% of websites on the internet are pornographic.
40 million American are regular visitors to porn sites.
There are 116,000 searches for child pornography every day.
53% of men who watched porn say its "inspire" them.
Pornography Statistics
Sexuality & the Internet
Reliance on cybersexual media has increased in recent years due to A.C.E or anonymity, convenience, and escaping reality.
In other words, more people have turned to the internet to view pornography because of its easy access, vague privacy, and 'risk free' means of experimentation.
The sexual behaviors viewed would not be pursued off-line yet can be viewed safely through online "fantasy" sex. Research suggests women are more likely to struggle with cybersex addiction than men.
One claim is that the anonymity of cybersexual media is more liberating for women because they tend to experience the suppression of their sexual desires by society in lieu of men.
60% of people seeking help for IAD say they are involved in online sexual activities they consider inappropriate. People suffering from IAD & Porn addiction are more likely to have a substance abuse problem.
"Users of pornography eventually put religion, marriage, family, work and friendships secondary to their desire for pornography (Trueman)."
Addiction to pornography has become commonplace among adults (so much so its become a common motif in popular culture) and is a growing problem for children and teenagers.
With pornography our brain's pleasure center excites our desires and becomes activated, but no real satisfaction is found, causing prolonged searches for cybersexual media.
Past and present law enforcement members have found that many adult porn consumers eventually move on to child pornography, even if they are not pedophiles.
"Viewing porn changes the user's attitude toward sex, his or her spouse and society. He or she uses sexual fantasies to get aroused, tries to get partners to act out pornographic scenes, is more likely to engage in sexual harassment and sexual aggression, and views sex as a casual, non-intimate, recreational privilege (Trueman). "
To a child, pornography normalizes sexual harm and increases their chance to participate in domestic violence.
In other words, what a young viewers (10-23 yrs old) see in porn is what they believe is reality.
"Some children will actually emulate what they see in pornography and experiment on siblings, relatives and friends (Trueman). "
Internet porn can be used as a tool for learning and becoming stimulated in real life sexual interactions. The availability and anonymity of Internet porn gives people the opportunity to add novelty to their sex lives, learn about their bodies, and explore a variety of techniques and sexual interests. For instance, couples may watch it together and experiment afterwards or during to spice up their sex life.
Dilemma: Could chronic internet use lead to developing an addiction to pornography and how could said addiction effect other areas of your life?
By: Maiko Salvador, Micheal Camunas, & Natalie Burns
Hughes, Robert, and Jason Hans. "Technology and Relationships." Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Ed. Harry T. Reis and Susan Sprecher. Vol. 3. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2009. 1628-1631. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 30 July 2014.
Beard, Keith, and Rebecca J. Frey. "Internet Addiction Disorder." The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health. Ed. Kristin Key. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 2012. 829-833. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 30 July 2014.
Trueman, Patrick A. "Pornography Is Addictive and Damages Relationships." Addiction. Ed. Christine Watkins. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2014. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "The Pornography Pandemic." Columbia Magazine (28 Oct. 2011). Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 30 July 2014.
Internet addiction disorder (IAD) refers to the problematic use of the Internet. Previously, those thought to have IAD were described as, young, introverted, socially awkward, computer-oriented males. However due to the availability of the web this has expanded to include all ages and sexes.
"One researcher ... estimates that between 6% and 10% of people who surf the Web suffer from... Internet dependency; and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) estimates ... between 8% and 12% of American children and adolescents have IAD (The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health)."
Struggling with IAD could lead to expanding their use of the internet, use that's not limited to but including accessing sexual media.
Some researchers suggest that there are several distinctive types of IAD; Internet pornography being the largest subgroup.
The Roots of Addiction:
How internet and porn addiction can effect your social life
*seemingly unimportant decisions
Can cause depression and lonely feelings as individuals become more and more introverted and less socially out going
Makes social interactions awkward by desensitizing the addicts to things that normally would be an off color topic
As well can actually lead to aggressive behavior in younger ages groups
All of this together can cause people to spend less time with friends, family, reading books, going to the store, even watching tv. It can slowly begin to encompass more time in someones life removing time from their social lives.
Effects on Daily Life
Can act as a stress reliever
Improve ones sex life
Allow for a more open mind set
Can lead to spending if addiction reaches too high a level
Causes individuals to take on a more introverted personality
Desensitizes viewers
Can cause false state of mind on what sex really is
Chronic use of the internet can in fact lead to an addiction to internet pornography. It causes a tolerance to be built so that over time more and more would be needed to watch for one to attain the same effects as before. This increase in use can cause drastic changes to ones social life and even marital problems. While it can have positive effects on ones life such as stress relief over use and over viewing will eventually lead to things like social introversion, a general desensitization to things like sex, and even aggressive behaviors.
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