Internet Porn Addiction

One of the most popular types of excessive internet use is the viewing of Pornography. Internet Pornography refers to watching pornographic movies and images of naked people online. One of the attractions of Internet Porn is that one can view it anonymously. Cybersex refers to virtual sex encounters between two or more people, who send each other sexually explicit messages or images via the computer and internet. These sexually explicit images and messages can be shared via online adult chat rooms or by web cam. Internet Pornography and Cybersex can also include the physical act of masturbation by those people engaging in these online activities. When people develop compulsive behaviours engaging with internet pornography and cybersex then this can cause problems. Some of these are listed below:

  1. Work Issues - Those compulsively engaging with internet pornography /adult chat rooms risk losing their jobs.
  2. Relationship problems – The compulsive use of internet pornography and cybersex could mean individuals who suffer with these behaviours find it hard to form relationships with others and have difficulties with intimacy.
  3. Sex Life - Those obsessed with internet pornography and cybersex may only be aroused when engaging in such behaviour. They may then find it difficult to be aroused with their partner which can lead to relationship problems.
  4. Social life - Those who spend too much time engaging in cybersex and internet pornography can neglect time for friends and family which in turn can negatively affect their social life.

Porn addiction is not about a high sex drive but the bubble of oblivion the ritual gives. One reason why watching porn can be attractive is that there is no fear of rejection from a partner. Therefore, a person who has difficulty with intimacy will find it easier to have their sexual needs met via the internet.

Porn dependency becomes habitual through opportunity. This dependency pulls one in and then they find they cannot stop.

During therapy we will explore the reasons for this dependency, look at attachment issues and give you practical methods to help you recover.