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What Causes Porn Addiction?

28 November, 2010 (05:30) | Pornography Addiction | By: admin

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Causes of Porn Addiction

Pornography addiction is a relatively new phenomenon primarily spawned from its ready availability on the internet. However we cannot simply blame the internet for this, there are many reasons behind addiction – but what causes porn addiction specifically?

The answer might not be as cut and dried or as widely varied as some might think. There are some root causes of addiction that will tie into any addiction either behavioural or chemical. There are also a few very telling psychological root causes of addictions as well as a few that might be a little more unique to pornography addiction.

Addiction Causes – Physical

Addiction is caused mostly by repeated action of something that gives you a high, be it a behaviour, or a substance. This repeated action and high anchors that behaviour into your mind and soon the body starts to expect this high at certain times. This anchoring is a part of all addiction that can also lead to withdrawals which makes it hard to leave this behaviour.

Addiction Causes – Psychological

There are also many psychological root causes that are shared across a lot of addictions such as:

  • Depression – Addiction can cause depression but it can also be a root cause of it as well. The need to feel high and good, or live some sort of a fantasy away from the depressed state you are in can drive you to some sort of behaviours or substances – porn is no exception.
  • Anxiety – Anxiety and panic can lead to some people seeking something that can calm them, or something that can make them forget their worries or a time. This constant need can be very debilitating and lead to addiction.
  • Low Self Esteem – Low self worth is tied into both depression and anxiety with a lot of the same reasons. Escape from reality, a high they think they need, a lack of confidence to get happy in more healthy ways.

Porn Addiction Causes

There are a few causes of porn addiction that are quite unique to this particular brand of addicting behaviour.

  • Poor Sexual Relationships – Sometimes in a long term relationship the sexual side starts to falter and rather than fix this, some men and women find it easier to use porn to satisfy their desires. This becomes a dangerous cycle where porn becomes the preferred method of sexual gratification.
  • Young Start to Porn – More and more pornography addiction is a pervasive force in a person life because it has started at a very young age. The repetition of this activity which may have been thought to be harmless can become a full blown addiction as the growing brain incorporates it into its daily routines.
  • Sexual Rejection – Sometimes the easy sexual fantasy of porn is easier to deal with than rejection. It can become an easy escape from the difficulties of dating and seduction which can then permanently hinder your efforts in the future.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, just general overview of some of the causes of porn addiction that beset both men and women.

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