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Oct 08, 2012
Many parents and a majority of teens believe that "just a little" pornography may not be harmful. In my opinion, this statement is potentially dangerous.
Pornography provides an unrealistic view into human sexuality. It glorifies behaviors that don't exist in an average person's life. It demeans men and women with its focus on basal sexual urges without significant emotional meaning.
Some argue occasional viewing is harmless. And it's true that viewing pornography once or twice will not cause addiction.
However, research shows (and addicts agree) that regular viewing of pornography does change you. The more you watch, the more your brain requires. The stronger the urge, the longer or more drastic variety of images and videos it demands. In other words, to get the same level of satisfaction over time, the viewer has to watch more and increase the "dosage" of images.
Thus, viewing pornography does have an effect.
When abused, it tends to keep addicts from having healthy interactions with others. Some addicts prefer watching pornography to having a positive sexual relationship. Some addicts are no longer aroused without the aid of pornography. Some addicts suffer from depression. When trying to quit, most addicts suffer withdrawal.
Pornography glorifies the physical and leaves out the emotional. A healthy sexual relationship between two loving adults is good and natural. Viewing pornography helps to dissociate the connection of sex in a loving relationship by focusing solely on the physical.
"Just a little" pornography may be the starting point but sadly it may not be the ending point.
Related article: Martin Amis - on how pornography is changing sexuality and human nature.
I work for ContentWatch and all opinions expressed here are my own.