• Dangerous

    Easy access, anonymity, and affordability have made pornography attractive, but few realize the dangers.
    Pornography affects not only the user but also the loved ones of the user.
  • Addictive

    Studies show that brain function changes in someone who has an addiction– and the changes are the same with someone addicted to pornography. Because pornography use can become an actual addiction, viewers are not able to stop through their own will power.
  • Addiction Escalates

    Addiction: You keep coming back to porn. It becomes a regular part of your life. You’re hooked and can’t quit.
    Escalation: You start to look for more graphic pornography. You start using porn that disgusted you earlier, but is now enticing to you.
    Desensitization: You begin feeling numb towards the images you see. Even the most graphic porn is no longer arousing. You become desperate to feel the same thrill again, but you can’t find it.
    Acting out sexually: This is the point that you make a critical jump and start acting out the images you have seen and rehearsed in your mind.
  • Children Harmed

    Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography: 11 years old
    15-17 year olds having multiple hard-core exposures: 80%
    8-16 year olds having viewed porn online: 90%
    Nine out of 10 children aged between eight and 16 have viewed pornography on the Internet.
  • Easy to Access

    U.S. pornography revenue: $13.3 billion per year
    Pornographic websites: 4.2 million (12% of total websites)
    Pornographic pages: 420 million
    Daily pornographic search engine requests: 68 million (25% of total search engine requests)
    Daily pornographic e-mails: 2.5 billion (8% of total e-mails)
    Internet users who view pornography: 42.7%
  • Marriages Destroyed

    There isn’t a more efficient way to make your wife feel betrayed, used, and violated than if you use pornography.
    Pornography will ruin your marriage - guaranteed.
  • Fuels Sexual Offenses

    The consumption of pornography can be directly linked to violence against women.

    "I was on the verge of acting out these kinds of thoughts … and it happened in stages … you become addicted … I would keep looking for more explicit, more graphic kinds of materials … until you reach the point where the pornography only goes so far. You reach that jumping-off point where you begin to wonder if maybe actually doing it will give you that which is beyond just reading about it or looking at it.” - Ted Bundy (Serial Killer)
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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 00:00

Health Experts on Pornography Addiction

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According to Dines, a professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College in Boston, 36%  of Internet content is pornographic. Dines states that, online porn brings in total revenue of $3,000 per second. On average, one out of every four Internet searches is about porn. Pornography is the public health crisis of the digital age.

Anderson, founder of Sensibilities Prevention Services, a Minnesota-based training and consultation business, expressed similar beliefs and explained why she and Dines believe there is a public health crisis. Anderson refers to the past 20 years, and said there has been a transition from soft porn and Playboy magazines, to graphic, violent Internet porn, and the age group of those viewing porn has expanded to include younger and younger children. She sais the shift of type of porn is the largest unregulated social experiment ever.

DrHilton, a neurosurgeon from the University of Texas, assosiates pron with the shrinkage in the brain's key reward areas. The more pronounced pornography usage, the more shrinkage occurs in that area of the brain, modifying behaviour

Cooper, who is CEO of Development and Forensic Pediatrics, believes that there are a lot of ways that porn can be harmful to children. She connected the viewing of porn to potential pedophilia. "We see children harmed when adults use child porn as a plan of action for abuse against children," she said. Another way that children can be affected, she said, was through forced viewing of adult pornography. "Sometimes adults show youth porn to seduce them," she said.

Farley, executive director of Prostitution Research and Education, thinks that "the sex industry also harms the rest of us," adding that "sexual entrepreneurs count on our tolerance. Farley believes that the real lives of those who are trafficked or prostituted are often indisputable from those who are victims of violence."

Layden, director of the sexual trauma and psychopathology program in the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that 25% of college women experience a rape or attempted rape, and that women who are exposed to porn as young girls are more likely to feel negatively about their bodies, have less support for women's equality, and are more likely to think that rapists deserve less time in prison.

Following the experts was a father -- Ed Smart, whose daughter Elizabeth was abducted and raped at age 14. She was held for nine months; the case made national headlines. He spoke about his daughter's abductor, Brian David Mitchell, and how he had been first exposed to porn at a young age by his own father. Porn provides the slippery slope to abuse.

Ernie Allen, former president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children stated that. "I am a lawyer, and I believe in free speech, but this content is not protected under the first amendment."

 

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