The danger of pornography use isn’t about right and wrong. It’s about the effects that pornography has on the user, and the effects it has on the loved ones of the user.
Pornography use has serious, negative side effects.
1. Creates an emotional bond with artificial world
All people have a critical need for human intimacy, and emotional connection with others. When someone views pornography, they end up creating an intimate bond with an artificial, fake world, and can actually lose the ability to bond with real people.
2. Sex without intimacy
Pornography is about sex being used for the wrong reasons. Because it is sex without emotional closeness, the underlying hunger remains unsatisfied.
The viewer starts wondering what is wrong with their relationships and gets irritated or depressed.
They end up feeling emotionally empty and disconnected from those around them.
While pornography use may result in a short term high, it eventually results in feelings of emptiness, low self-esteem and deep loneliness. It ultimately creates emotional distance in relationships.
Because the world of pornography is artificial and cannot satisfy the need for emotional intimacy, this basic need remains unmet, creating an appetite for more and more.
4. It Triggers addiction cycle in the brain
Studies show that actual brain function changes in someone who has an addiction and the changes are the same in all addiction: alcohol, drugs, or pornography.
Because pornography use can become an actual addiction, viewers are not able to stop by their own willpower.
Using pornography to feel pleasure and escape feelings of low self-esteem, anxiety, boredom, and frustration create a gateway for addiction.
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When the rush of pleasure disappears, the feelings a user is trying to escape from reappear stronger than ever, and they are compelled to repeat the cycle.
6. Imitation of the real thing
With pornography, we use sex as a substitute for nurture, intimacy and love. Sex is no longer a wonderful source of connection between our deepest selves and a beloved partner. It becomes a commodity used to avoid intimacy, and mask needs that should be met through human connections.
7. Always hungry
Because this is an addictive substance, it creates an appetite for itself. This appetite increases over time as you spend more and more time viewing pornography.
The time spent viewing pornography can jeopardize work, relationships and interest in healthy pastimes.