Internet Porn Addiction

Although hotly debated in both academic and public forums, Internet Pornography Addiction (IPA) is a very real problem, often quite different from traditional Sex Addiction.  Check out this recent article talking about porn as "the new normal" and the problems it has caused for some.  

IMHO, the leading website on the topic is Your Brain On Porn.  Gary Wilson has compiled a huge list of the literally hundreds of academic articles that investigate the problem of both porn addiction and internet addiction. Other sites that offer useful information on the topic are Fight The New Drug and Porn Harms.

Here is an interesting YouTube video that offers a concise and understandable explanation of the medical/neurobiological components of Internet Pornography Addiction.

There is a BBC Channel 4 documentary called Porn on the Brain that offers an in-depth exploration into todays world of Internet pornography and how it affects the compulsive viewers.  (Note that the online viewing link is intermittently unavailable). 

Internet-based self-help/community resources:

  • Reboot Nation -  In their own words, "We help people reboot their brains with encouragement and education. Reboot is a complete rest from artificial sexual stimulation (i.e. pornography). We are a community of people who have discovered the negative effects of pornography. If you or loved ones struggle with porn addiction and/or porn-induced sexual dysfunctions, this place is for you! On this site you will find many resources and information to equip you with the tools necessary to start recovering today and become more aware of the potential harm caused by high-speed internet porn."
  • NoFap - In their own words, "NoFap® hosts challenges in which participants abstain from pornography or masturbation for a period of time. This website is also a venue for open discussion of the NoFap experience and related issues. Whether your goal is casual participation in a NoFap week or monthly challenge as a test of self-control, or whether excessive masturbation or pornography has become a problem in your life and you want to quit for a longer period of time, you will find a supportive community and plenty of resources here.
  • NoFap on Reddit -  Another popular NoFap community.

Videos

On 11-16-2015, the College of Charleston's "Think Differently Forum" addressed the topic of porn use as a potential for harm. Porn addiction speaker and coach Noah B.E. Church and Dr. Todd Love, a psychotherapist whose practice focuses on patients with porn-related problems, led the discussion.

It's the number one topic for internet searches, but do we ever consider how pornography can have lasting neuroplastic effects? Discover the hard science behind the 'porn epidemic' - the internet's drug of choice. Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz).

This is about why high speed internet pornography has such high potential for making negative changes in the brain. This is easily the most requested topic ever since I started this channel about a year ago or so. I really hope this addresses it in a way that y'all were hoping for.

REWIRED is a documentary project about the effects of Internet pornography on the human brain. The documentary will feature leading scientists and their research as well as young adults who watched porn for many years of their life and at one point began to suffer from symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, inability to orgasm with a real partner and social anxiety. 

 

 

http://www.ted.com Psychologist Philip Zimbardo asks, "Why are boys struggling?" He shares some stats (lower graduation rates, greater worries about intimacy and relationships) and suggests a few reasons -- and he asks for your help!

Gary Wilson discusses the disturbing symptoms showing up in some heavy Internet porn users, the surprising reversal of those symptoms, and the science behind these phenomena in this narrated slideshow of the TEDx talk he gave in Glasgow. The talk was a reply to Philip Zimbardo's "The Demise of Guys" which talks about 'arousal addiction,' that is, Internet addiction.

Gary Wilson explains how overstimulation via today's Internet porn can lead to erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation, anorgasmia, loss of libido, and morphing sexual tastes. Suggestions by men who have healed these conditions are presented. See http://www.yourbrainonporn.com for more information

This half-hour presentation describes the science behind sexual conditioning and the unique vulnerabilities of the adolescent brain-and explains why today's highspeed porn can cause unexpected effects in some users' brains. Follow this link for more information and the science behind this presentation - http://www.yourbrainonporn.com/adolescent-brain-meets-highspeed-internet-porn