Effects of Porn Addiction and Other Online Dangers

The effects of porn addiction are biological, relational, and cultural—there is no sector of our lives that porn does not damage.

Effects of Porn Addiction - Biological, Relational, and Cultural

Biological Effects of Porn Addiction

Recent studies of brain scans of those who repeatedly watch porn demonstrate that porn has an impact on the brain similar to drug addiction. Dr. William Struthers writes,

Repeated exposure to pornography creates a one-way neurological superhighway where a man’s mental life is over-sexualized and narrowed. It is hemmed on either side by high containment walls making escape nearly impossible. (quoted in The Porn Circuit)

Dr. Norm Doidge writes,

Porn websites generate catalogs of common kinks and mix them together with images. Sooner or later the surfer finds a killer combination that presses a number of his sexual buttons at once. Then he reinforces the network by viewing the images repeatedly, masturbating, releasing dopamine and strengthening these neural networks. He has created a kind of “neosexuality,” a rebuilt libido that has strong roots in his buried sexual tendencies. (quoted in The Porn Circuit)

Relational Effects of Porn Addiction

According to many university studies, those who repeatedly watch porn deaden their libido for real sex partners in favor of porn. Research by Dr. Dolf Zillmann and Dr. Jennings Bryant indicates that those who watch porn have less satisfaction with their intimate partners: they are less likely to be pleased with their partner’s physical appearance, affection, and sexual performance.

Zillmann and Bryant also concluded that those who view more porn are more likely to believe women in society fit the stereotype of the women they saw in pornographic films, that all women are really “as hysterically euphoric in response to just about any sexual or pseudosexual stimulation, and as eager to accommodate seemingly any and every sexual request” as the porn girls (quoted in Your Brain on Porn).

Culture Effects of Porn Addiction

Porn’s effects don’t stop with individuals and couples—it impacts society itself. Porn shapes the sexual expectations of teens. Porn has become the norm on college campuses. Porn brings about real harms to the women who are involved in the industry. Worse yet, porn fuels a thirst for other forms of commercial sex, including sex trafficking.


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Sharing the effects of porn addiction is one of the missions of our e-magazine, Pure Minds Online. Since its launch three years ago, we’ve published more than 120 articles about current issues facing Internet users today. Some articles have made a bigger splash than others. If you haven’t read any of these articles below, we recommend you find one or two that look interesting to you.

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The Science of Porn Use and Addiction

The science of porn use - Effects of porn addiction

Pornography is not just a moral issue. It is also a mental health issue, and its widespread use is bringing about a relationship crisis.

Porn Stats: Annual Report 2013

Straight Talk to Husbands Who Watch Porn

4 Ways Porn Kills Great Sex in Marriage


Wives of Porn Users

Wives of porn users - Effects of porn addiction

As men fall further and further into a world of fantasy, how should their wives react?

When Porn Shattered My Fairytale World

Hope After Porn: Our Marriage Would Never Be the Same

Including Wives in Accountability Relationships


Protecting Boys and Girls Online

Protecting boys and girls online - Effects of porn addiction

Parents can prepare kids for our sexualized culture.

5 Sure-Fire Ways to Motivate Your Child to Use Pornography

Caught By a Predator: Woman Speaks Out 10 Years After Her Abduction

5 Reasons Purity Rings and Pledges Don’t Work


Battling Porn with Accountability Relationships

Great accountability relationships - Overcoming the effects of porn addictionRedemptive relationships can break the grip of porn.

Accountability Questions: Discussion Guide for Accountability Partners

10 Reasons Why Accountability in the Church is Unpopular

More Than Porn: Accountability in the Gray Areas


The Social Costs of Pornography

Social costs of pornography - Effects of porn addictionPorn impacts culture in profound ways, such as how people see and respect women.

$28 Billion Crime: New Film Shows the Dark Connection Between Sex Addiction and Sex Trafficking

Two Teen Rape Victims Shamed to Death

Bringing Rape Culture to Light


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