May 13, 2018

5 Side effects of porn addiction you didn't know.

1. Depression
One of the big problems with porn addiction is that it could be contributing to a more deep-seated problem that needs attention and medical care – such as depression. As one piece of research found, those who used sexually explicit media had higher depressive symptoms as well as diminished mental health days and reported an overall poorer quality of life compared to those who did not use such media, better known as porn.

If this depression and the porn addiction are not addressed, the individual could suffer far graver health consequences both mental and physical. In fact, one feature in a men’s health magazine says that “at-risk users” may even be using porn to escape their pre-existing feelings of loneliness or stress. And as you’ll well know, that can’t possibly end very happily.

2. Low Self-Esteem
Before and during porn use, an addict is likely to feel a rush of excitement. Unfortunately, after the consumption of sexual media, negative feelings begin to set in. These could manifest as intense guilt or shame. The user may feel remorse or even sink into depression. All of these combine to hit their self-esteem and eventually turn them into a recluse.

3. Relationship Issues And Poor Sex Life
When you indulge in porn too much, it can make a dent in relationships with your real-life sexual partners. For one thing, viewing porn for masturbation, which is a solitary exercise, can draw you away from your sexual partners. For another, porn sets up unrealistic expectations for women to live up to.

And that’s precisely what one survey found when they interviewed female college students who thought their boyfriends’ consumption of porn was excessive. The relationship quality was perceived to be poorer. The women also had lower self-esteem and they said their sexual satisfaction was below par.

Another study found that for men too, quality of sexual life dropped when they indulged in porn use. Men in relationships who are addicted to porn may also become emotionally withdrawn and distance themselves from their partner. They may become more secretive and less intimate in a bid to cover up their habit.

Interestingly, studies have also found that when couples watch porn together, the quality of sex life goes for both partners.

4. Risky Behavior
There are broader social repercussions of porn addiction too. If an addict goes unchecked, they could begin indulging in potentially risky behavior. They may put their education or job on the line. Some may go so far that they actually lose their jobs or suffer financial losses to fund their porn addiction and to make time available to indulge in porn at the cost of their job and responsibilities.