For most people looking porn is a relatively benign activity, turned to as a quick and convenient form of sexual pleasure when a real-world partner is either not available or not desired. For some, however, porn use can become an emotionally crippling sexual compulsion. The question, of course, is how do you know if porn use has crossed the line from pleasurable distraction into addiction?
It would be nice if there was an easy and reliable mathematical formula we could rely on, such as X number of videos plus Y number of still images equals addiction, but there isn’t. As is the case with alcohol and drug addiction, the determining factor is subjective rather than objective. In other words, it’s not how much alcohol you drink, how much methamphetamine you smoke, or how much porn you look at, it’s how the booze, meth, or porn is affecting your life. (more…)