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Women Say Partner’s Porn Viewing Feels Like Cheating, Damages Self-Esteem

Regardless of their relationship with their significant other, or what other types of media or online gaming activities women use, most would say they are offended and feel as if their partner has been unfaithful when they find out he has an Internet pornography addiction.

As highlighted in a recent post from the Ottawa Citizen, some women interviewed about their partner’s pornography use said they understand that men are visually stimulated and may not develop a relationship with the women they view in online porn, but they still consider it damaging to their self-image.

The subject is a recurring one, with new research appearing about the connections between sexting and infidelity and ongoing media stories about celebrity sex addictions. While pornography used to seem somewhat inaccessible and a taboo subject, the rise of Internet pornography has made the material more freely available than ever – and more a topic of conversation. Pornography can be viewed by men, women and minors, in settings like libraries, places of business and airports. With mobile phone technology, it’s almost impossible to know if someone is viewing online pornography at any given place.

Women who discover their partner is viewing online pornography may feel inadequate in comparison to pornography celebrities, and may feel a strong sense of betrayal and neglect if the porn viewing becomes an addiction.

Pornography addiction, like other forms of addiction, requires professional treatment for recovery. Experts agree that the treatment is most effective when both people in a relationship participate in the counseling and treatment sessions, because pornography addiction carries strong emotional consequences for both partners.

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