How Much Porn Is Too Much Porn?

Porn addiction may be more common than you think...
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Is watching porn an innocent obsession or is it taking something away from you? 30 per cent of all Internet traffic involves browsers visiting pornographic websites, reports a study done by ExtremeTech website. Porn is highly consumable and stimulating, and may even take the form of addiction for some. You might think that there's no big deal in watching pornography, and that nearly every second person does it; however, there is more to it than what meets the eye. 

What’s The Limit?

For a regular person, porn provides a quick, convenient and a pleasurable end. This typically happens when an emotional or a physical connection is either not available or not desired. As suggested by Dr. Sharmila Majumdar, Chief Sexologist and Psychoanalyst, Avis Hospital, Hyderabad, "Excessive consumption leads to addiction and dependence, which is pathology, and requires treatment like de-addiction. If you are repeatedly unable to do your daily routine work, feel restless, and keep thinking about visiting porn sites, then that’s likely a warning sign. It may mean that you're addicted to porn." Excess consumption can have obvious consequences, especially for those already showing compulsive sexual behaviour. In 2014, a Cambridge University study found that pornography triggers brain activity in sex addicts in the same way drugs trigger drug addicts.

If you're in your 20s, watching a lot of porn is usually considered more "normal" than for someone who is in their 40s or 60s. For men, their sex drive is primarily driven by testosterone. And the higher your testosterone levels, the greater your need for sex. This is also true for women, where the hormone behind sex drive is estrogen. If you are unable to fulfil your sexual desires, porn is a decent substitute, but only to a limit.

Signs of Addiction

Some of the obvious signs of addiction to pornography may include the following:
•   You'd rather stay inside and watch porn than go out and socialise with your buddies.
•   You exclude yourself from all kinds of activities and are becoming known for unexplained absences.
•   Even if you do manage to get out, you find yourself lost in porn the second you get home.
•   Your sexual response and desire cannot be activated unless you're viewing porn, to the extent that you may even have problems attaining an erection.
•   During intercourse, you may be rougher or demanding, or doing things that aren't normal for you or your partner.
•   With your high expectations around sex and intimacy, you're bored with your own sex drive. You need more and more stimulation to get excited and experience an orgasm. 
•   You are always occupied with porn and are emotionally and physically distant from your partner. Your only interest lies in something related to pornography. 

 "The above signs indicate addictive behaviour”, says Dr. Majumdar. She adds "Uninstalling applications from all your devices and moving your laptop or PC to the living room, in the midst of family members, will help keep a tab on your addiction. Getting involved in gym activities or sports will also constructively occupy the mind. Spending more time with family and friends may help too."

Most porn addicts keep things under cover and go to great lengths to cover up all traces, including lying to their partner. Dr. Majumdar says "Porn sets unrealistic expectations in the person’s head and he/she might constantly try and copy what is seen on camera; forgetting that it’s all unreal and done with actors on a set/stage.”
 

Dr. Majumdar concludes, "Slowly, the ability to get aroused with your partner and achieve an erection becomes a thing of the past. It gets harder to achieve and sustain an erection, which may result in disappointing your partner and withdrawal from physical intimacy. The thought process might be to avoid failure and rather watch porn and masturbate.”

Ideally, one should try and steer clear of porn as much as possible, and focus on building a healthy sexual life with their partner. Like they say, too much of anything is not good for your health.
 

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