Study Casts Doubt on Self-Reported ‘Porn Addiction’

While experts disagree as to whether pornography addiction exists, some new research suggests that people who self-report dysfunctional porn use are often troubled more by their own moral scruples than by truly compulsive or addictive behavior patterns.

The study analyzed individuals who viewed pornography on the Internet over a one-year period, along with their personal and psychological traits. It found that people who had moral or religious reservations about pornography were much more likely to say that their usage stemmed from an addiction.

“Perceived addiction to internet pornography appears to be related strongly to moral scruples around pornography use, both concurrently and over time, rather than with the amount of daily pornography use itself,” the study concluded.

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