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Porn addiction is a hot-button issue these days and one that nearly every magazine uses to garner attention and sell a few extra issues. Cosmopolitan is the latest to publish a sex survey in hopes of generating revenue, headlines, and discussion. Mission accomplished. Bloggers, therapists, addiction specialists and regular folk alike have been set into a tizzy since the UK edition of Cosmo published a survey this week which claims, among other things, that 90 percent of therapists questioned have seen an increase in relationship problems due to Internet porn in recent years. Plus, nearly all of the therapists questioned (94 percent) say that they have seen an increase in porn addiction in their patients. So are we, in fact, living in the age of increased Internet porn addiction or are these numbers blown out of proportion? It all depends on who you talk to. Dr. Brooke Magnanti, British sex therapist, and columnist thinks studies like Cosmo’s seem to miss the real issues behind Internet porn addiction. “Obviously, if you think you have a relationship concern, you probably have, and talking to a therapist could be a good idea. Doing some Internet research can even, within limits, be helpful. But it’s worrying to think that some therapists – if the Cosmo numbers are correct – might be buying into this fashionable answer, rather than examining underlying intimacy issues,” Magnanti writes. “I don’t doubt the couples concerned are experiencing a crisis in their relationships. I very much doubt pornography use is ever the primary cause but rather a symptom. And while treating the symptoms may be attractive, in practice, it is never an effective long-term solution for what ails you.” Others like psychosexual therapist Karen Lobb-Rossini believe Internet porn addiction is very real and the effects are incredibly damaging. Lobb-Rossini says, ‘More and more young people (girls as well as boys) are learning about sex through porn, and it’s having a devastating effect on their perception of themselves and their bodies.’ While we can’t begin to speak on the Internet porn habits of the British, we do see dozens of real-life patients at Begin Again Institute struggle with this very issue. Dr. Magnanti is right- porn addiction is merely a symptom. Our job as certified sex addiction therapists is to help our patients get down to the causes and conditions of what’s behind their addictions. A skilled CSAT will help addicts uncover and heal old traumas, look at histories of behavior and create a trusted foundation of accountability. Yet Lobb-Rossini is also correct. There is no denying that Internet porn addiction is on the rise.  Thanks to smartphones, tablets, and super-fast Internet access, it’s now easier than ever to use pornography as an escape. Kids using porn to have a conversation about sex they should be having with their parents and creating a whole mess of problems in the process. The solution to this rather complicated issue is actually a simple one: seek out the help of a certified sex addiction therapist before you let popular culture give you a diagnosis. If you think internet porn is a problem for you or your partner, talk to a professional first and leave the juicy, escapist magazines in the waiting room where they belong.

  • Category: NewsPornography AddictionSex Addiction
  • By Development Account
  • January 18, 2013

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