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CHAINED TO THE SCREEN

Are You Addicted to Porn?

In the land of capitalism, consumption is second nature, and moderation often takes a backseat to pleasure. Americans struggle with excess from food portions to social media usage, even abusing wellness to an extreme. Unsurprisingly, addiction thrives in our society, and hypersexuality thrusts between ambition and obsession. Admitting to binging Netflix will doubtfully inspire an intervention, but can indulging in too much porn be harmful?

While any doctor can answer how much alcohol or drug consumption demands attending a support group – despite the suggestion sometimes being a snooze – there’s no standardized time for watching adult films considered healthy. It’s more of a to each their own scenario, similar to masturbation. Classifying porn addiction as a compulsive disorder along the lines of substance addiction has been debated among psychiatrists. Proponents base the argument’s foundation on brain activity changes strikingly similar to those seen in chronic drug users. The researchers contend that the same response occurs when a drug user views drug-related paraphernalia or images.

 

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Physically, an excessive amount of self-pleasure will leave you sore. But when it comes to the act of engaging in the ocean of fantasy content online, every person needs to reflect honestly, unlike the diet starting tomorrow. Analyzing how it interferes with your daily life will help place its influence on a spectrum. If you’re canceling a family function to enjoy watching the pretense of a daughter blow her step-father on a screen, as long as it’s not a familial birthday or correlated, it’s probably fine. Is it a recurring event? Are you ditching brunch with friends, or worse, dates, choosing actors over potential partners?

It’s not unheard of for employees to be fired for NSFW viewing, or adults reliving childhood trauma when parents visit and still don’t think to knock. Sexual urges cloud judgment, which is why health professionals recommend regular masturbation as a form of self-care. You’re also more likely to keep your standards at the bar or online this way. There’s a difference between losing track of time viewing adult entertainment on a lazy, horny Sunday, and being late for work on Monday. Strangers conspicuously drooling at their phones on the subway, we’re looking at you.

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Porn is a billion-dollar industry, but it is filmed as an additive, not a supplement to physical pleasure.(Does anyone watch it from beginning to end?) When your experiences are suddenly living vicariously in raunchy Google searches, it’s time to take a breather. If temporarily parting ways with your computer feels daunting: ding, ding, ding, we have a porn addict! Unfortunately, there’s no patch to reduce desire, though there are pills that lower libido, but the fascination is often mental. Like intimacy, it reaches beyond the body and into the psyche.

The severity of your dependency will determine the best course of action. Focus on actively reducing usage and exploring sexual activities without staring at a screen. If you lack imagination, then begin with intercourse. If your partner is not enough, then it wouldn’t hurt to seek outside guidance. The website of the American Society of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (ASSECT) offers an online locator tool that can help you find qualified therapists in your area. After all, aren’t these professionals the gatekeepers of secrets and the staples of been there, heard that? Remember to leave the shame and laptop at home.

ADDICTED TO PORN

Author: Jaime Valentino

Colombian-born columnist Jamie Valentino is a freelance writer, storyteller, and interviewer based wherever the next opportunity takes him. He authors the biweekly advice column Sexpert in PROVOKR and you can read his words in VICE, Google Arts & Culture, W42ST Magazine, Faddy Magazine, LUXE Magazine, The Queer Review, and more. Previously, he served as the Editor-at-large of POP Style TV, managed the digital marketing nationwide for Shark Tank’s Paparazzi Proposals, and worked in operations for Burberry
For questions or advice from the author contact: jamievalentino@provokr.com or visit: PROVKR

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