Shattering the Chains of Sexual Addiction

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HOW HARMFUL IS PORNOGRAPHY?

We have all heard about the destructive power of drug addictions and even food addictions

and obesity, but rarely do we hear or talk about the largest addiction problem the world faces:

Pornography. The destructive force of pornography is something that seems to be a taboo subject

in our culture. We can look at statistics and discover why the people profiting from it want to keep it

under wraps… but why does society in general? Why is there this notion that there is nothing wrong

with Pornography? Or that “everyone” is looking at it, so what’s the big deal?

In this section, I want to explore the devastating effects you may have never considered

about Pornography and Porn Addiction. Because of the rampant explosion and accessbility of

online porn, there have not been many studies of the overall effects, but all of the studies that have

been done show pornography to be highly addictive, in a very real and chemical way.

According to WebMD:

In November 2004, a panel of experts testified before a Senate subcommittee that a product

which millions of Americans consume is dangerously addictive. They were talking about pornography.The

effects of porn on the brain were called “toxic” and compared to cocaine. One psychologist

claimed “prolonged exposure to pornography stimulates a preference for depictions of group sex,

sadomasochistic practices, and sexual contact with animals.”

And Psychology Today:

In a 2004 testimony before the United States Senate, Dr. Jill Manning shared some interesting

data regarding pornography and relationships. In her research she found that 56 percent of

divorce cases involved one party having an obsessive interest in pornographic websites.

Every year for the past decade there have been roughly 1 million divorces in the United

States. If half of the people divorcing claim pornography as the culprit, that means there are

500,000 marriages annually that are failing due to pornography.

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