Porn addiction in mainstream press

Discussion in 'Pornography Addiction' started by A Streetcar, Aug 6, 2016.

  1. A Streetcar

    A Streetcar New Member

    Just noticed this article that ran in the Washington Post recently:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/he-was-hooked-on-porn-for-eight-years-then-he-learned-to-fish/2016/07/22/0a97bf36-36f9-11e6-a254-2b336e293a3c_story.html?wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

    Not sure if a subscription is required to read it -- hopefully they allow non-subscribers to read a limited number of articles. It's a fairly typical story of a middle-aged guy keeping a diary about staying off of porn.

    Anyway, I thought it was good to see this problem get some exposure in mainstream media.
     
  2. It's one thing to get this out in public consciousness... but I think it will be a different story getting masses of people to change their ways. I remember in like 2010 or 2011 I saw an advertisement somewhere for YourBrainOnPorn. I remember seeing it and wondering what the hell it was about... but I never clicked on it. Only when I had a very severe bout of social anxiety after massive PMO session one day, then I started googling and found out what the problem was.



    Even then... that's only the start. People won't know the full picture. Lots of this you can only learn by experience. Even when I first tried quitting PMO... I had NO CLUE how bad urges get.... flatlines... how to handle WD etc etc etc... Getting massive streaks takes practice.




    So say 100,000,000 guys hear about this... I would say less than 1 million will really take it to heart or actively work to rid themselves of PMO. Even for me... I knew damn well PMO was the problem in my life... yet actually translating that into real effort and ACTION... actually going the extra mile to avoid PMO was a challenge.



    Fortunately.... I really believe the ones who will make it, are the one's who PMO has fucked up the worst.



    If my life were halfway decent now... I'd probably be PMOing still and continuing to live a mediocre life, never really aspiring to much. But as it is.... PMO has made me COMPLETELY MISS OUT ON LIFE... I'm fucking pissed and motivated like a motherfucker! That's why I've stayed with it and that's why I'll succeed :)
     
  3. Borges08

    Borges08 Member

    What other choice do you have after you quit? You can't really go back.
     

  4. It's a scary thought. Like you say... society may have to fall even further in order for it to rise.
     
  5. Borges08

    Borges08 Member

    I've failed countless times. What I meant was if you go cold turkey on an addiction you're no longer addicted. You can only relapse to death.
     
  6. A Streetcar

    A Streetcar New Member

    It's a start. I'd love to see public awareness of porn addiction reach the level that alcoholism has. But it's a tough road to get there. Unlike heavy drinking, you won't see guys doing PMO in public where their friends will what the problem is and maybe step in to help out. The level of privacy involved with our addiction keeps others largely oblivious to it. While people are aware of internet porn, they are not so aware that there are addicts.

    Or said another way: people keep beer in the fridge or wine and liquor bottles in plain view in their house/apartment without thinking twice about it. But your porn collection is completely hidden from family, friends, and other house guests. So, just making the general public aware of how real and prevalent our problem is, is a bigger challenge.

    Yes! It seems that only people who actually have our problem make the effort to find out about it.
     

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