New Survey of Porn Use: Men and Women Watching in Startling Numbers

Despite this, 44 percent of men “either believe they should watch less pornography or are unsure if they should view pornography less often.” Among women the number is approximately 20 percent.

In terms of addiction or perceived addiction, 13 percent of all men questioned admitted to having an addiction to pornography, with another five percent claiming they are unsure. The numbers among Christian men are much higher, as two in 10 men of no specific age group believe themselves to be addicted or are not sure.

Proven Men Ministries states that in light of the appalling and growing trends toward pornography addiction, they have set their sights on helping at least one million men break and remain free from the addiction and, as a result, help mend families that have suffered because of it. The organization was founded by Joel Hesch, who himself overcame an addiction to porn that lasted 20 years.

Source: New Survey of Porn Use: Men and Women Watching in Startling Numbers

TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING

From TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING – Dr Dick’s Sex Advice

Today, I will start with a declaration. A “Thus Sayth Doctor Dick,” sorta deal. I know I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. I reject the concept of sex addiction, that is floating around in the popular culture these days. I know this will rankle a bunch of you, but you need to get over it. Ya see, there ain’t no such thing as a sex addiction. Period!

That being said, I hasten to add that there are sexual compulsions, plenty of ‘em. However, compulsions are not addictions and addictions, while they may involve irresistible impulses, are not the same thing as compulsions. Get it? Got it? Good!

Check it out. With the help of my handy-dandy dictionary, a good place to start in all such discussions, I discovered these two very distinct definitions.

Addiction — a need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal. Broadly: persistent use of a substance known by the user to be harmful. A state of physiological and psychological dependence on a drug.

Compulsive — driven by an irresistible inner force to do something; i.e. a compulsive liar.See! Different words. Different meanings. Not a particularly complex notion to grasp, right?

And listen, just because a bunch of pseudo-intelligent afternoon talks show hosts banter the two concepts about like they were interchangeable doesn’t make it so. In fact, we do ourselves a huge disservice by jumbling these two very specific concepts. Because finding the proper intervention for either an addiction or a compulsive behavior will be as specific as the problem itself. One thing is for certain; misidentifying one of the things, as the other will surly complicate the problem solving. It’s kinda like going to the doctor with a headache, and when the doc asks where it hurts, you point to your stomach. It simply won’t do.

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