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Pornography addiction
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Pornography addiction

Pornography addiction refers to excessive or obsessive viewing of pornography.

The term is used primarily by those actively seeking to reduce or eliminate the use of pornography, typically from a conservative social or political viewpoint. Not everyone is convinced that pornography addiction exists, or that the harmful effects ascribed to it are real.

Some groups have created checklists or self-tests by which a person can examine themselves for "signs" of this alleged form of addiction. Points include:

Dr. Victor Cline mentions a model of pornography addiction with 4 assumed progressive steps:
  1. Addiction - The porn-consumers got hooked.
  2. Escalation - With the passage of time, the addicted person required rougher, more explicit, more deviant... sexual material to get their "highs" and "sexual turn-ons."
  3. Desensitization - "Material (in books, magazines, or films/videos) which was originally perceived as shocking, taboo-breaking, illegal, repulsive, or immoral, in time came to be seen as acceptable and commonplace.
  4. Acting out sexually - "...an increasing tendency to act out sexually the behaviors viewed in the pornography, including compulsive promiscuity, exhibitionism, group sex, voyeurism, frequenting massage parlors, having sex with minor children, rape, and inflicting pain on themselves or a partner during sex." [1]

Table of contents
1 Connections with violence
2 See also
3 External links

Connections with violence

Occasional exposure to nudity does not turn people into serial killers, however it has been claimed that that a small number of people who view pornography do develop addictions which lead to violent and anti-social behavior. Pornography addictions have been linked to the enactments of serious crimes, notably in the cases of Ted Bundy and David Berkowitz.

Before his execution Ted Bundy claimed that his consumption of violent pornography helped "shape and mold" his violence into "behaviour too terrible to describe". He said that he felt that violence in the media, "particularly sexualised violence", sent boys "down the road to being Ted Bundys".

See also

External links

''This article may benefit from some editing to resolve point-of-view statements. See NPOV disputes.