Porn addiction among college students

Latest news from the “it’s about time” front: The University of Texas at Dallas is including porn addiction counseling as part of their counseling services on campus. By now, we all know what a problem porn addiction can be and it’s great to see colleges working to deal with this issue on campus. If you are in college and are spending more time looking at porn than studying, you may want to check out this website. Here is an excerpt of the article … which contains some basic info about sex addiction:

“Pornography as a potential addiction … can happen when people spend increasing amounts of time using pornography and begin using increasingly more extreme pornographic material. This increase in use occurs even though the use has negative consequences. Some people find that their entire sex life revolves around pornography and they are unable to be sexually involved with a real person without the use of pornography.

How would you know if your pornography use is harmful to you? The following are some signs that pornography use is problematic:

  • The use feels like it is out of your control.
  • Your use of pornography is incompatible with your beliefs and values.
  • You keep your pornography use or the extent of your pornography use secret from others and worry that others will find out about your use.
  • The use of pornography consumes your thinking. (When you are not using pornography, you think about if frequently and anticipate when you will use it again.)
  • You spend increasing amounts of time using pornography.
  • Your use of pornography has negative consequences in your life (eg. neglecting responsibilities, becoming less effective in your job or in academics, spending too much money on pornography, etc.)
  • Your use of pornography causes problems in your intimate relationships – creating emotional distance between you and people you love – or maybe even causes you to lose relationships.

One thought on “Porn addiction among college students

  1. Dave

    Thanks for this post. I agree that this issue needs to be addressed on campus. Any ideas for more books and resources for younger guys?

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