Hey all,

Long time no talk!  Sorry I haven't been around to contribute as much as I used to be, but RL has been basically complete insanity ever since January.  But that's really neither here nor there...

Anyway, I ran across this article in Psychology Today, and wanted to get your impressions from it...

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cupids-poisoned-arrow/201001/wa...

Not being a psychological professional myself, I can't really speak to the content with any degree of certainty, but this does seem to jive with what I've read in social criticisms of modern televised entertainment about "jolts" to the brain.  However, I also think that there is probably a cultural component to this link as well... basically if American culture didn't treat sex as such a taboo thing, then masturbation would probably not be quite as big a cause of social anxiety.  But then again, if sex wasn't treated as such a taboo, there would probably be somewhat less demand for internet porn as well...  I don't know... it's been a day since I read the article, and I just got off a 12 hour shift at work, so my brain isn't exactly lighting up all the way tonight (to maintain the theme of the article...).

As for the article itself, something else I remember that struck me is the quotes at the end from the former porn addicts.  The way they spoke and the language they used seemed a little narm-y to me... almost like Christian conversion testimonies...

But what I really want to know is what everyone else on here thinks about it...

(Also...  I'm back!)













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I think Porn is a problem, but it's such a complex issue whenever I get into that conversation, I'm labelled as a prude, a christian fundamentalist(WTF?) or other such nonsense.

People overcoming an addiction, often do feel born again and they want to celebrate this feeling and shout it from the rooftops. it's a natural thing, not a christian thing.
I think Porn is a problem

I don't think that Porn in itself is the problem, I do however see some attitudes towards pornography that can cause problems. For me, it's the same for gun ownership, it's not the guns which are the problem it's the attitude of people towards violence in combination with gun ownership that causes problems.

People overcoming an addiction, often do feel born again and they want to celebrate this feeling and shout it from the rooftops. it's a natural thing, not a christian thing.

Proselytizing is often the result of overcoming an addiction, preaching about the new found joy and freedom without the addiction can mean that an ex addict is not unlike a proselytizing Christian.

Projection also often occurs, the "ex-addict" sees the problems that he/she was having with the substance/activity and projects this unto others. This often means that they expect other people to be enslaved by the same obsession as they were and that the rest of society therefor needs the same liberation.

Also, it is quite normal for the ex-addict to claim that the problem is the substance/activity itself and that there was nothing wrong with themselves or their behavior. They were helpless against the damning influence of the substance/activity and everybody else has the same risk of falling into that trap, this can often be seen with 12 steppers.

I don't know if this applies to you of course, just some comments in general about ex-addicts.

I get into that conversation, I'm labelled as a prude, a christian fundamentalist(WTF?) or other such nonsense.

Well, it's a lot easier to ridicule you as a person then it is to address your statements. If I were to call you an idiot, then it means that I can totally disregard whatever it is that you say because you are an idiot. It's human behavior to find a reason excuse to completely disregard an opposing opinion without evaluating the validity of the argument.

I wouldn't mind to hear some arguments from you why you think that porn is a problem.
Now here's a thought - what if the social anxiety came first, not the other way around? That may have something to do with the association....just a thought.

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