Porn Addiction isn’t Real But We Can’t Get Enough of that Porn! [Infographic]

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When the latest Nicole Prause study was released there was huge PR behind it. Every media outlet was screaming the same thing, “Porn addiction isn’t real!“.

Porn stars rejoiced:

But what caught my attention straight away with the Prause study was the way it was conducted. There are glaringly obvious flaws in her approach, which is compounded by her curiously skewed conclusions, conclusions that do not actually align with her experimental data.

Nevertheless, critical analysis of the study apparently fell by the wayside or was at least drowned out by anti-porn-addiction champions.

In Prause’s latest study (which only differs from her 1st study (2013) by including a control group to compare against) EEGs were conducted on subjects that struggled to control their porn use.

The purpose of this study was to monitor their brain waves and see if they react the same way as gambling addicts and smokers do.

And they found differences.

The problem is, smokers and gamblers only saw images of the things they’re addicted to, whereas the porn addicts were given an actual dose of the thing they’re addicted to.

On top of that, they were shown a still image of vanilla porn for just ONE-SECOND, and their brain response to this is what was measured.

Ask any porn addict if one second of soft-core porn is enough to get anything stirring.

Despite this, the porn-addicts’ brain response was still different to the control group, but Prause came to the conclusion that less brain activity was proof they’re not addicted, as opposed to interpreting the results to show the subjects’ had built up a tolerance.

I reached out to Gary Wilson from YourBrainOnPorn.com and he had this to add:

They key finding is that porn addicts had lower EEGs. If porn had no effect, we would expect no difference between porn addicts and controls. Not lower EEGs!

Conversely, Cambridge University’s research involved showing subjects 9-second video clips of hardcore porn and measuring their response to that. It was their conclusion that the excessive porn-users reacted to porn cues the same way a drug addict reacts to drug cues.

It was also reported that 60% of subjects suffered from Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction, unable to achieve an erection with a real partner but able to respond to porn.

What would happen to a $97 billion industry if porn addiction was fully recognized?

For more information on porn addiction check out these Brain Studies on Porn Users.

If you need help have a look at the Stop Porn Addiction program.

 

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