PORN, SEX & ADDICTION

English Translation by Dr. Salvatore Ivan Italiano; © (2016) Dr. Salvatore Ivan Italiano; [Original Article: Porno dipendenza e Sex addiction by Psychologist Maurizio Massini];

Both Porn and Sex addiction are discussed in this article, as they overlap, given their common denominator of one’s unbridled sex drive. This phenomenon is not visible from the outside beholder, rather it is patent when that very condition – one’s unbridled sex drive – leads one to ask for some help. Sex addiction could not have any relationship to Porn addiction, in the event that a given person matches his/her sexual needs with other people without resorting to Pornography. But, one’s sexual needs are often met in solitude before a computer screen, so as to avoid any inherent natural complication that human relationships bear with it.

Consequently, it is possible to claim that easy access to explicit sexual content via the Internet is the intensifying factor for porn addiction. It allows easy arousal to the sexually addicted and to climax also in the absence of sexual partners. Horniness, sexual pleasure, and even more so to the climax pinnacle trigger the quest for sexual stimuli … and the Internet is there ready to go 24/7. It offers all of that almost at zero cost. Internet and Pornography are not demons by themselves, but mere instruments for the benefit of users who, more often than not, make of it a dysfunctional use.

The crucial point is represented by the loss of self-control which falls short – as in other types of addiction. In fact, there is a common core of elements between Pornography addiction and other types of it, such as alcoholism, gambling and drug addiction, each activates brain areas, acting out, and causes social problems which all have in common.

Considering that porn addiction is satisfied in solitude, it saps sexuality of its beneficial social component as the cement for human relationships. This withdrawal into oneself makes a waste of the very nature of social interaction, its continuity of the species.

Masturbation has a beneficial aspect during the teenagerhood years as it facilitates the acknowledgement of one’s body, what sexual pleasure is about, and also prepares teenagers for sexual relationships with partners.

At the onset of Porn Addiction, sexual relationships with human partners shrink down or are hindered. Many adults that had begun sexual relationships with other partners go back to masturbation as it requires less energy and commitment. This is the very addiction from which one has a hard time to abandon. Good intentions are deleted as soon as one thinks about the images on the computer screen.

Any amount of talking about this issue of Porn and Sex addiction doesn’t help too much. This phenomenon is increasing with its related costs and burdens both social and for families as well. Both Masturbation and its extremes and any compulsive need for sexual relationships have always existed.

Today’s phenomenon, however, is of a new kind. The Internet and the mobile media that are facilitators for human communication and relationships are creating the opposite, an impoverishment of real interactions with an increasing of pseudo-friendships as a social network status symbol.

The Social Media Myth as a benchmark of social integration and popularity is generating a new kind of loneliness and communication depletion. Solo masturbation becomes more and more prevalent , with its multiple orgasms, the preferred drug of those sexually addicted. This problem is not yet fully acknowledged. This is perhaps because of embarrassment and discomfort surrounding sexuality in general.

Information needed by families, general practitioners, teachers, psychologists should be clear: compulsive masturbation and sex addiction are to be considered pathologies equal to other addictions. As such, they are to be faced without reserve, shame, and reticence.

Dr. Salvatore Ivan Italiano
Dr. Salvatore Ivan Italiano

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