No Such Thing as Porn Addiction States U.S. Psychologist

No Such Thing as Porn Addiction States U.S. Psychologist

A psychologist located in New Mexico has released the statement belief that there is no such thing as porn addiction. He decided this after studying numerous different academic literatures written on the subject of porn. Clinical psychologist David Ley wrote up a report in the journal Current Sexual Health Reports that the idea and research behind having an addiction to pornography is slowed down by poor trial designs, limited organizational rigor and the lacking of model condition.

He added that because there is a huge, profitable industry in porn, there has been treatment promised for pornography addiction in spite of the poor proof that such an addition even really exists. Technical psychologists are called to declare the treatment industry does not have any kind of supporting evidence when all is said and done.

When he had looked at academic material that had been written about the addiction of porn, Dr. Ley discovered that fewer than 38 percent of articles truly categorized it as such and only around 25 percent of the articles penned on the subject had any real information listed in them. He also stated that scientists did not find very much if any of porn addiction’s supposed negative side effects, such as changes in the brain, erectile dysfunction or behavior problems.

Also, regardless of the enormous uproar of the claims of what happens to childhood when one is exposed to pornography, using sexually explicit materials failed to offer an explanation about the differences in the behaviors’ of teenagers. These were better predicted by other personal and family circumstances.

As an alternative, Ley and his group think that the positive benefits that go with looking at porn do not actually cause it to be a problem. In fact, the doctor believes it can possibly help improve outlooks towards sexuality, help increase the value of life and also enhance the assortment of sexual choices to engage in. It might even help aid in pleasure with long term relationships and could also afford a legal vent for people who could possibly commit illegal sexual deeds. The availability of porn has supposedly been linked with a decrease in sex crimes, chiefly child molestation.

It has been recorded that the majority of people who say they are addicted to porn are most likely to be male, non-heterosexual, have high libido and have alleged moral values which seem to be in conflict with the sexual desires and behaviors they are wanting to perform or look at. They might be using some type of visually motivating pictures in order to try and deal with their destructive emotional feelings or decreased satisfaction in their personal lives.

Dr. Ley stated that scientists have to find better ways and means in order to help individuals who are struggling with the high incidence of having to use visual sexual photographs, without saying they are suffering from some sort of addiction. The psychologist is extremely critical about what he calls a pseudoscience. The high paying practices which surround the dealing of supposed porn addiction.

He feels that these individuals are not helping patients who are having trouble controlling their urges of looking at images of a sexual persuasion. He feels that there is no such thing as porn addiction and the idea is instead used to build up a business that is receiving extra monetary gain from society accepting the idea of addiction to porn. Dr. Ley has released the statement belief that there is no such thing as porn addiction

By Kimberly Ruble

Sources:

The Independent

Science News Daily

The Toronto Sun

One Response to "No Such Thing as Porn Addiction States U.S. Psychologist"

  1. brian   February 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Whether it’s called an addiction or not, I think one of Dr. Ley’s final points is his biggest one: “We need better methods to help people who struggle with the high frequency use of visual sexual stimuli, without pathologizing them or their use thereof,”

    Maybe his next study should be on the methods that are available and which ones are best. It seems to me that many people are familiar with 12-step methods but I’ve seen effectiveness rated as only 20%, The cognitive behavior-based methods, such as Power Over Pornography, seem to fare a bit better with potentially lower relapse rates.

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