The compulsive consumption of pornographic material whether that be illegal or legal content, combined with potential actions or impulses of sexual behaviour, despite possible negative outcomes is how porn addiction would be explained.

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Porn addiction like other behavioural addictions is based on the principle of the production of dopamine stimulates the brain to create an impulse to repeat the action or behaviour again. As this action is repeated, more dopamine is stimulated, which in turn creates pleasurable sensations.

This action to some individuals becomes addictive. Trying to achieve that pleasure. This is the basic understanding of how porn addiction begins.

There are no absolute causes of porn addiction. However, similar to other addictions there are both environmental and genetic factors involved. Although there is no right or wrong. Someone who has the same background as someone who has a porn addiction might not get the addiction. There is also evidence which suggests that even viewing pornography frequently doesn’t mean that you will develop the addiction.

  • Everyone has a different level of sex drive. Each individual has a different level of libido
  • Some individuals may not be able to climax without viewing pornography
  • Porn may be able to aid some people who are unable to orgasm through sexual encounters with partners

  • Some people may have certain fetishes which porn can cater for better than ‘real life’
  • Often people might feel they cannot reveal their true sexual preferences so seek this through porn eg. Lesbian, transsexual etc.
  • Porn consumption can be used to treat trauma – seeking out scenes which may resemble something which has happened in their life.
  • People may seek illegal porn if they have urges or impulses themselves which may be illegal

  • Some people may not want to participate in sex with others and pornography can give sexual relief without needing a partner
  • Many individuals may be suffering with co-occurring mental or emotional disorders eg. Depression and anxiety