Porn which is short for pornography is the showing of sexual material for the purpose of arousal. Pornography can be portrayed in different types of media but the main media is the internet. The term porn is meant to depict how sexual act is done and not sexual act itself. Such sexual material is divided into several activities.
There are four categories of porn that can be determined illegal, including indecency, obscenity, material that is harmful to minors and child pornography.
- Indecent material is pictures or messages on broadcast television, the telephone or radio that are offensive or provide depictions of sexual activities or excretory organs. Indecent material is also known as sexual nudity and/or dirty words that are offensive to the general public.
- Obscenity is graphic material with a focus on sex and/or sexual violence, including deviant activities such as torture, incest and/or group sex.
- Material that is harmful to minors is any material that represents sex or nudity and is offensive and unsuitable for minors.
- Child pornography is material in which children under the age of 18 are visually depicted as engaging in either simulated or actual sexual activity. This includes the exhibition of a child’s genitals.
For the dangers of porn addiction to be taken seriously one only needs to take a look at the statistics. Porn addiction is not only costly to marriages and children’s welfare; it is also to employers as well.
The societal costs of pornography are staggering. The financial cost to business productivity in the U.S. alone is estimated at $16.9 Billion annually; but the human toll, particularly among our youth and in our families, is far greater.
According to Patrick F. Fagan, PhD, psychologist and former Deputy Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary, “two recent reports, one by the American Psychological Association on hyper-sexualized girls, and the other by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on the pornographic content of phone texting among teenagers, make clear that the digital revolution is being used by younger and younger children to dismantle the barriers that channel sexuality into family life.
Porn addiction is not an event but a process. There are signs and symptoms that manifest themselves in someone who is hooked to porn.
Signs and Symptoms of Porn Addiction
Excessive viewing of pornography.
The definition of “excessive” depends on what you consider healthy, or it is the point at which pornography starts to have a negative impact on some aspect of your (or someone else’s) life.
Watching pornography interferes with normal daily behavior or responsibilities.
More time spent watching pornography, or searching for more stimulating types of pornography, is needed to get you aroused or to climax, i.e., you develop a tolerance.
There is a sense of emotional distress, or feeling of withdrawal, when porn use is stopped.
Continued use pornography despite serious consequences (e.g., loss of relationship or job, contraction of a sexually transmitted disease or “STD”).
Sexual dysfunction (e.g., impotence, premature ejaculation).
Use of pornography negatively affects your relationships, for example:
It is more difficult to become aroused by your partner.
Romantic or sexual behavior between you and your partner changes (e.g., becomes more aggressive, dominant, or emotionally disconnected).
You watch porn as a way to alter your mood (e.g., obtain a “high”) or avoid other unpleasant feelings, like anxiety or depression.