The Snowball Effect of a Pornography Addiction

Struggling with a pornography addiction can not only take over your own mind, but can make others struggle as well. According to Internet Filter Review, 72 million unique worldwide user visit adult web sites every month. They also state that just 10 percent of adults admit to an Internet sexual addiction, 28 percent of those being women.

A 2009 study found that Utah had the highest rate of porn subscriptions. Early this year, another study from the third largest pornography website released data about page views. It shows that Utah actually holds the 40th spot on the list. It’s no surprise that pornography addictions are plaguing individuals across the nation, but what may come as a surprise is the number of individuals this addiction can have an affect on.

Spouse

Some people think that pornography is a victimless crime. A person that views porn often thinks they are isolated enough to not let it get in the way of anything else, specifically relationships.

Safeline.org reports that when a spouse discovers their partner’s pornography addiction, they feel “anger, depression, self-loathing and fear.” They are embarrassed, and they typically suffer privately and end up isolating themselves from typical support systems. Many therapy professionals from Utah to the East Coast recommend counseling with the spouse of the addicted person as well.

The Individual

Long before the spouse or significant other of the person addicted discovers the addiction, pornography starts to take hold of their lives. They slowly change into a person that is impatient, moody and oftentimes very self-centered. He or she will spend more time away from family and eventually start to devalue their marriage or other relationships.

Depending on how often the pornography is viewed, the transformation can take years or just weeks.

A pornography addiction, whether it be a Utah resident or not, can cause pain all around.

Katie Alvarez is a family writer. Information provided by Swinton Counseling. Katie writes for Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah.

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