Internet Pornography Addiction - Signs, Stats, Help and Treatment

Internet Pornography Addiction

Millions of people around the world struggle with Internet Pornography Addiction. The addiction crosses gender boundaries. Internet Pornography Addiction is a problem shared by men and women alike.

In this article we will examine the following.

Internet Porn Addiction Signs & Symptoms Internet Pornography Addiction Statistics Internet Pornography Help & Treatment

Note: You will find some helpful information in this article, but it is always important that you seek professional treatment for any type of addiction.

Internet Pornography Addiction Signs

Some of the signs of Internet Pornography Addiction are similar to the signs of Video Game Addiction. This can become a very big problem if not taken care of early on in the addiction. Addicts find their selves unable to function in everyday life. They start to neglect their everyday responsibilities and may also ignore their personal hygiene.

A person addicted to Internet pornography become increasingly disconnected from friends and family. This may also cost them their jobs in advanced cases of addiction.

As with Video Game Addiction, Internet Pornography Addiction can cause a person to spend hours on end at their computer and away from their other everyday activities, cause anxiety, and depression.

We have compiled a list of signs that you can watch out for if suspect you loved ones of being addicted to Internet pornography. It is important to note that there may be other signs to watch out for if you feel someone close to you is addicted to Internet pornography.

Signs of Internet Pornography Addiction -

  • Using the Internet for hours with or without breaks
  • Becoming more anxious or depressed
  • They ignore friends, family, or personal responsibility
  • They lie about spending time on the Internet and what they are doing while on the Internet.
  • They become irritable when Internet use is disrupted
  • They anticipate when they may be able to use the Internet again

 

Internet Pornography Addiction Statistics

The pornography industry makes it very easy to fall victim to Internet Pornography Addiction. As of 2006 there were 4.2 million porn sites on the Internet with over 420 million pages. The industry sees somewhere around 72 million unique visitors to their websites every single month.

Needless to say the Internet pornography industry is very big business and with this big business comes an addiction that becomes very hard to battle.

Men and Women Addicted to Internet Pornography

Men are the typical porn site visitor. A study showed that 70% of men ranging in age from 18 - 34 visit a porn site in a typical month. While only about 28% of all people addicted to porn are women. Showing that the addiction affects men and women alike. Children and teens are also affected by Internet Pornography Addiction.

Children and Teens Addicted to Internet Pornography

A study showed that 9 out of 10 children ranging in age from 8 - 16 have accessed pornographic sites. In most of these cases the children accessing these pornographic sites were reported to have been by accident and most while doing homework over the Internet. Although, they claim these viewings were accidental it was reported in 2007 that the largest consumer of Internet porn were children ranging in age from 12 - 17 with the industry claiming 20 - 30% of all their traffic coming from children and teens.

The Solicitation of Children and Child Pornography

Internet Predators

Child pornography is definitely a problem that has been perpetuated by the Internet. As parents we all want our children to be shielded and safe from any material that may not be suitable for children. Studies have shown that children and teens are often solicited by adults using chat rooms.

In these studies it has been shown that 89% of children and teens in chat rooms have been solicited by adults. More than 20% of Internet predators target children 13 years of age or younger. These predators find children and build trust with them. Often times Internet predators offer these children gifts and money.

Predators target children and teens with troubled families or low self esteem. Making promises of attention and becoming surrogates. Children who are troubled or neglected fall easily to these promises of love and attention, a lot of times protecting these predators.

It is crucial that you explain to your child that they never provide information about their real name, address, or home phone and cell phone numbers.

Most Internet predators will stop at nothing to obtain photos or home phone numbers and personal address to a child's home.

Child Pornography

Child Pornography unfortunately has it's place on the Internet. They people who publish this style of pornography are sexual deviants who get sexual gratification from exploiting and viewing children in sexually compromising situations. It is an ever growing market of Internet pornography.

In 2006, daily request from child pornography was at 116,000 request per day. There are over 100,000 websites offering child pornography. In some cases the people running these site offer the pornography as what they call "Art". This is a gross excuse to exploit children in a sexual manner.

Is Your Teen Addicted To Internet Porn?

Internet Pornography Addiction Help and Treatment

It is hard to overcome any addiction that you might find yourself having, but there is help out there for anyone looking to change their life. Any addiction is hard to kick on your own but there are many tools and books that may help you find freedom from those addictions.

It is always best to consult with a professional or attend meetings and help groups. Although some people may find it hard to face others while speaking of their addiction but, what you have to keep in mind is that the people who attend these meetings are either professionals or people who share you struggle to overcome their addictions as well.

There are many different ways to fight your addiction and people have different methods of overcoming their addiction. Everyone is different and everyone treats their addictions differently. Below you will find a few ways to help treat your or your loved ones addiction. Please keep in mind that materials like books and support groups are out there and that you don't have to fight this alone.

Tips on How to Fight Internet Pornography Addiction

The first step is admitting you have a problem. Knowing you have a problem is your first step to improving your life. Some people will tell you that they don't have a problem and continue to ignore any problem they may have. It is crucial to recovery that someone admit that there is a serious problem. It is important that this first step be handled with ease and that accusations are not to harsh. Addicts may ignore any attempts that you may make to help them.

The next step is to help build support for an addict. Help and support groups for a recovering addict are important to continue someones recovery. When you continue provide help an addict will see or start to see that they do need help and may begin to want help.

The last suggestion is help create coping mechanisms. Coping with the problem is done mainly by finding other thing to occupy the free time that an addicted might find their selves having. Coping with Internet Pornography Addiction can be hard with Internet access at most peoples finger tips but, it can be done.

Treatment Centers and Self Help Books

Treatment and self help books can be an ultimate tool in finding an end to an addiction. Always keep in mind that these professionals are here to help. They have dealt with many others with problems just like yours or your loved ones.

Accepting help is not a sign of weakness but, instead a sign of strength. Asking for help is a hard thing for anyone to do but, once you have it can help you break free and find a whole new life free of any addiction.

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Debarshi Dutta 6 years ago from Calcutta

Thanks for this great hub.

Personally, I believe, Internet Porn Addiction has no solution.

It is problem quite like hair loss, you shall get bald and no matter what you do, you cannot prevent it.

Imagine, there is the internet but there is no porn or nudity whatsoever in the internet.

So as long porn does not feature anywhere on the internet it is no threat to internet users.

Anyone interested in porn can go to the local DVD store and buy a porn movie or rent one , as they always have before the advent of internet.

But when porn not only appears on internet but thrives,then, it is only because internet users want it to be around.

The government wants it to be around, it generates a lot of money.

If Internet porn is thriving business then internet users do want it around.

And something like internet porn always degenerates to new sensations, new kicks and that is how child pornography came about.

So there are users on the internet who want child pornography to be available too.

This problem I must say has no solution. And even if it has, the solution is not possible by the individual man the individual woman or the whole of mankind.

Say, we live by a big forest where there are predators like, tigers, lions, wolves etc.

We do not venture into the forest and we also take safeguards that these predators do not venture into our locality, only then we are safe from predators...because we have taken the first measure to eliminate contact with the predators.

If a tiger does venture into our locality we, as a whole group take measures to capture the tiger.

That is exactly what is needed to prevent internet porn.

It has to disappear from the internet altogether.

Otherwise

If you stay with a tiger, chances are that it will kill and eat you up one day.

And if you stay in a society of people -

- wolves and sheep stay side by side, the wolves shall kill and eat the sheep... at the first opportunity.

And as long as internet porn addiction is concerned, the wolf in you, as long as it is encouraged, shall always kill and eat the genteel sheep in you.

If we admit that we are wolves, maybe for socioeconomic reason and have no moral scruples and no second thoughts for the mental and spiritual health of our children and next generation, and we love killing the sheep in us...maybe upon admitting this the first step toward the solution is possible, otherwise not.

It is not you who is addicted to internet porn, it is the human nature that you bear within you.

So the only way to fight internet porn is to eliminate and remove it from our consciousness.

Otherwise things will only get worse.

And I do not say for whatsoever reason that internet porn should be around.

A drug- addict should not get access to the drug of his addiction, similarly the internet porn addict should not get the access to internet porn.

And basically internet porn does nobody no good...their are other ways of employing people, earning money and running the economy and if there isn't...let us not even bother about the evils of internet porn.

It is evil and we are evil and there shall be internet porn addicts as victims and our own children as victims.

Thanks for letting me the opportunity..But no matter how much I hope or wish ...I am pessimistic about this issue . It has no solution.

Internet porn will only thrive and we shall degenerate even more.And our governments are made of us only so there shall be no respite.

So if anyone is lured to internet porn too often, my advice is,

- charity begins at home.

Stop yourself .Stop your friend and form a group. get in more people with similar viewpoint and then at least your group shall be safe from internet porn...

There's no safety from rain unless you get an umbrella.


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

Problem with internet porn is that it is so accessable. Anything anonymous, pleasurable, and that easy to find at moments notice is going to be addictive, and difficult to control. The best solution is to never start. (:v


Porn Addiction 5 years ago

Thank you for this post. Porn addiction, like any other addiction, is a downward spiral. I agree with what Valerie said above, that the only way to completely prevent porn addiction is to never start.


troubledyouth 5 years ago

Cell phones and internet are the major sources for teenagers to enjoy sex material. The use of technological sources should be in the positive directions but less knowledge makes the teens curious to know more about the hidden things. Pornography, cyber crimes, sexual abuse and compulsive sexual behavior are the few problems associated with sexual addiction. If adolescents are poorly involved in uncommon sexual activities then counseling programs will be helpful. Many boot camps are there which treat the teenage sexual addiction and internet addiction problems of troubled boys and girls. Treatment centers treat the sexual problems of juveniles by offering medication treatments.

http://www.troubledteen.net/


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parrster 5 years ago from Oz

Great hub. I'm going to link to this from my own hub on the same subject. You really have done a thorough job. Voted up and useful.


Dr. Phil Staff 5 years ago

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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

This is the first article I have read that did not dump all of the porn addiction guilt on men! I know that women are addicts as well. I must say that men are probably the biggest addicts, and many of them lead their partners to participate in order to get their approval.

Porn addiction on a married person’s part is adultery. I say this because I believe that a person is what he or she thinks and does. If one thinks adulterous thoughts, he has committed adultery.

A computer is a robot! It has a face, it talks, it has memory and other human qualities. Ideas that were once science fiction are now reality. People are leaving spouses for computers! Scary! I feel that I can reasonably predict that in the next century, or before, human beings will be walking down the isle with upgraded versions of computers/robots. They will demonstrate and fight for their robotic rights, and like all of the other ills that have been allowed, they will have their way. This is just a little serious humor that I almost believe.

What an interesting, thought-provoking hub that will definitely create more awareness and will help many. I am voting up and clicking.

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