Pornography addiction is a growing phenomenon in a society where, with access to the internet, it is very easy to find sexually explicit material within seconds.
However, it is sometimes caricatured or misinterpreted, ignoring the real damage that this problem generates in people who suffer from it. That is why in this article we will see how porn addiction affects mental health.
What is porn addiction?
As its number suggests, pornography addiction is a psychological problem based on addiction to the consumption of pornographic materialwhich is currently done mainly through electronic devices with screens and, to a lesser extent, magazines and plastic representations of the sexual act.
Although its categorization as a behavioral addiction is not yet fully accepted because there is no scientific consensus as to whether it is technically an addictive disorder (such as alcoholism or pathological gambling ) or another type of psychopathology, it is considered an alteration that must be treated with psychotherapies. support, because it has the capacity to harm the quality of life of the person who suffers from it.
How Does Pornography Addiction Affect Mental Health?
These are, in broad terms (since every case is unique), the various processes by which porn addiction leads to mental health issues.
1. Interfere with self-esteem
As this alteration consolidates, the person has learned to evaluate themselves negatively because she is (at least partially) aware that performing these routines with porn makes her feel uncomfortable and isolated. He assumes that an important part of his daily life is linked to the feeling of shame and that this impoverishes his quality of life and stagnates his personal development.
2. It can lead to feelings of guilt that linger over time
If the person suffering from pornography addiction is in a relationship, channeling a good part of their sex life in this way tends to make them feel guilt for not providing enough interest to the other personeven in cases where it has been agreed that the use of pornographic material does not constitute infidelity.
3. It breeds dynamics of procrastination and poor use of time in general
People addicted to pornography interrupt tasks or postpone them in order to masturbate using this type of material for arousal. This makes it difficult for them to keep to schedules and responsibilities accumulate, which generates stress.
4. It causes frustration and irritability in settings where there is no access to pornography
Going “too many” hours without using pornography causes discomfort, stress, being in a bad mood, etc. That is, the addiction causes the person to need to go through sexual stimulation with porn over and over again if they want to avoid short-term discomfort. Yes in turn, it is used to relieve any other type of discomfort through these routinesalthough the problem in principle has nothing to do with sexual desire.
5. It leads to a lifestyle based on social isolation
The need to have pornography on hand and the constant need for intimacy makes these people more little spotted to relate to others.
6. Makes free time disappear
Pornography use eclipses everything else in the management of free time, so that the person is left without a hobby and feels stagnant, unable to learn unless it is due to an obligation.
7. It leads to sexual dysfunctions
The sexual arousal threshold of people who develop a pornography addiction tends to increaseso sexual dysfunctions usually show up in any other sexual activity that doesn’t involve using the pornographic material of your choice at the time.
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