Is some of porn addiction related to modern access being relatively new and the topic kept in the closet?

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For example, some people abuse alcohol when they suddenly get access in their teens. Some people have more modest access earlier in life and so find nothing new or novel or exciting to the alcohol and so find less of need to binge. Maybe high speed internet is too new and novel for all of us and we will eventually adapt just like most people don't become alcoholics despite it being readily available (I think many non-alcoholics drink way too much). This isn't intended to discredit the brain changes that are happening from p/m/o addiction.

I think you're

right that high-speed access is a huge factor.

However, Gary says he thinks that more people will have trouble with porn than with alcohol...for a very long time.

Why? Because the reward circuitry of the brain *developed* to drive mating as it's top priority (and eating and a close second). It didn't evolve to help us get drunk. Only about 20% of people seem susceptible to alcohol addiction.

But porn could be more like junk food. Now that highly appealing high-calorie food is widely available, 64% of Americans are overweight, and half of those obese. That's more than 20%.

Just something to think about.

Also, our programming has

Also, our programming has this great software to prevent us from seeing that there is a problem when we have an addiction. If an alcoholic can be in denial about something like drinking, how much easier would it be to be in denial for being addicted to orgasm? It seems like the most natural thing in the world. My roommate is obese and she cannot see the connection between the junk she eats and her weight. She thinks that it's purely genetic and she has no control over it and after all, food is a culprit? It might make some intellectual sense, but her biology is telling her the opposite. Her mother sends her cookies 800 miles away periodically and she eats enormous amounts of ice cream. She is in total denial and food as being an addiction is not even on her radar, after all, you die if you dont eat right? If I were her I would stop eating for like 2 months until my body came back to a healthy weight, but Im not going to tell her that.

Yes, porn addiction will not get any better any time soon. At least we have pioneering info like we have here now to provide some clear scientific information on this. Ive also noticed that younger people are being turn on to escorts due to the internet. 10 or 15 years ago, young kids wouldnt dream of going to go pick up a hooker, the internet has given them the opportunity to intrigue over this a little more, and intrigue can usually lead to culmination. I was in the locker room the other day and a high school swimming class was using our facilities and the kids were gossiping about how George lost his virginity to a girl he paid on craigslist! These kids were no older than 17. I cant imagine having access to this at that age. Porn when I was in highschool was video tapes that were smuggled from a friends parents that was traded with a skateboard. Those things werent the easiest to obtain. Not to mention guys in their 20's having these outlets.

Its an emerging public health problem. Depression is getting worse and anti-depressant medication is the norm. We need well-adjusted young adults that are emotionally stable and able to have good relationships. Porn does nothing for people but take away from their ability to connect with people. Its not going to be seen as an addiction until addiction is classified as any behavior that is used compulsively to medicate emotional pain. Its too subjective for any clinical diagnosis and requires the full realization/consent of the person. Plus, its not really disease.

Courage is knowing what not to fear.
-Plato

Novelty

No doubt the novelty of on-demand porn at home contributes to the problem. And companies will do everything in their power to ensure the novelty continues. Display technology keeps marching onward (3D is slowly getting popular) and will be used to create even more immersive experiences at low cost. Many people remain ignorant of the consequences of this sort of thing and see it as a harmless diversion.

Our society is still very much in this phase with respect to porn:

Since the last cocainization three circumstances have continued to coincide: (1) I feel well; (2) I am discharging ample amounts of pus; (3) I am feeling very well. Sigmund Freud, 1895

I feel very well, but what is this strange pus leaking out of my nose? Hmm...

Will be interesting to see what happens over the coming years.

Good point

Food and sex are perhaps the easiest problems to be in denial about. As Gary said, "If you were thinking about alcohol several times an hour, you might wonder if you had an alcohol problem, but intrusive thoughts about sex are the norm." That's because our genes want it that way.

The problem is that our environment has changed.

Just so you guys know:

The current draft of the forthcoming DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) contains a new proposed section called "Hypersexual Disorder." (http://www.dsm5.org/ProposedRevisions/Pages/proposedrevision.aspx?rid=415 ) "Pornography" use is listed as one possible manifestation of this disorder (assuming it meets the criteria).

So some experts recognize the problem. However, because they're not focusing on the brain chemistry behind it, they're still not willing to speak about the impact of masturbation/orgasm.