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Porn vindicated; addiction not a thing

YYW
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2/13/2014 7:28:03 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
http://www.springer.com...

This is mainly for WallStreetAthiest, should he ever return...

"Journalists and psychologists are quick to describe someone as being a porn "addict," yet there"s no strong scientific research that shows such addictions actually exists. Slapping such labels onto the habit of frequently viewing images of a sexual nature only describes it as a form of pathology. These labels ignore the positive benefits it holds. So says David Ley, PhD, a clinical psychologist in practice in Albuquerque, NM, and Executive Director of New Mexico Solutions, a large behavioral health program. Dr. Ley is the author of a review article about the so-called "pornography addiction model," which is published in Springer"s journal Current Sexual Health Reports."

The article continues to explain:

""Pornography addiction" was not included in the recently revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual because of a lack of scientific data. Fewer than two in every five research articles (37 percent) about high frequency sexual behavior describe it as being an addiction. Only 27 percent (13 of 49) of articles on the subject contained actual data, while only one related psychophysiological study appeared in 2013. Ley"s review article highlights the poor experimental designs, methodological rigor and lack of model specification of most studies surrounding it."

And it gets better...

Even if porn addiction were to be a thing, despite the conspicuous lack of evidence, "The research actually found very little evidence " if any at all " to support some of the purported negative side effects of porn "addiction." "

Oddly enough, those who tend to view themselves as porn addicts have some things in common:

"Clinicians should be aware that people reporting "addiction" are likely to be male, have a non-heterosexual orientation, have a high libido, tend towards sensation seeking and have religious values that conflict with their sexual behavior and desires. They may be using visually stimulating images to cope with negative emotional states or decreased life satisfaction."

So, at least in some cases, for those who see themselves addicted to pornography, it is a coping mechanism for being unable to reconcile religion with sexuality.
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2/13/2014 9:19:24 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 2/13/2014 7:28:03 PM, YYW wrote:
http://www.springer.com...

This is mainly for WallStreetAthiest, should he ever return...

"Journalists and psychologists are quick to describe someone as being a porn "addict," yet there"s no strong scientific research that shows such addictions actually exists. Slapping such labels onto the habit of frequently viewing images of a sexual nature only describes it as a form of pathology. These labels ignore the positive benefits it holds. So says David Ley, PhD, a clinical psychologist in practice in Albuquerque, NM, and Executive Director of New Mexico Solutions, a large behavioral health program. Dr. Ley is the author of a review article about the so-called "pornography addiction model," which is published in Springer"s journal Current Sexual Health Reports."

The article continues to explain:

""Pornography addiction" was not included in the recently revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual because of a lack of scientific data. Fewer than two in every five research articles (37 percent) about high frequency sexual behavior describe it as being an addiction. Only 27 percent (13 of 49) of articles on the subject contained actual data, while only one related psychophysiological study appeared in 2013. Ley"s review article highlights the poor experimental designs, methodological rigor and lack of model specification of most studies surrounding it."

And it gets better...

Even if porn addiction were to be a thing, despite the conspicuous lack of evidence, "The research actually found very little evidence " if any at all " to support some of the purported negative side effects of porn "addiction." "


Oddly enough, those who tend to view themselves as porn addicts have some things in common:

"Clinicians should be aware that people reporting "addiction" are likely to be male, have a non-heterosexual orientation, have a high libido, tend towards sensation seeking and have religious values that conflict with their sexual behavior and desires. They may be using visually stimulating images to cope with negative emotional states or decreased life satisfaction."

So, at least in some cases, for those who see themselves addicted to pornography, it is a coping mechanism for being unable to reconcile religion with sexuality.

That's actually rather interesting, particularly since the "high profile" cases (I'm looking at you, David Duchovny) have been hetero AFAIK.
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