Internet porn addiction

Internet porn addiction

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Around St Valentine’s Day if we don’t have a solid love relationship in our life, looking for entertainment on the internet, especially at pornography, can seem like a good alternative. Many people just regard it harmless bit of fun. Everyone else seems to be doing it, so why not?

But are you finding it hard to concentrate on anything other than internet pornography? Do you spend more and more time alone watching it? Do you become irritable when other matters take you away from it? Do you go straight to your favourite porn sites as soon as you are alone at home or at work? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may have the first signs of an internet porn addiction.

What should I do?

Start by watching this TEDx video. It has been viewed over 9 million times and been translated into 18 languages. It takes the guilt out of the issue by explaining how susceptible the brain is, especially the adolescent brain, to the lure of this hyperstimulating material. Read our section on quitting porn.

An updated version of the TEDx talk is available now as a book or on Kindle at Amazon.

Because many healthcare practitioners are unfamiliar with the research around this problem today, you may wish to suggest they look at the TEDx talk and at www.yourbrainonporn.com.

Child Pornography

Possession or distribution of sexually arousing images of children is illegal. If you find yourself watching these and are concerned contact the charity Stop it Now! Helpline or the Lucy Faithfull Foundation.  Even if you do not intend to meet a child for the purpose of sexual contact, possession of images alone can lead to a visit from the police. Contact these charities too if you have already been contacted by the police.

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