4 Ways Porn gets you into the Downward Spiral of Social Anxiety

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The internet has made pornography easily available. As easy as it is to find with just one click, it is almost just as difficult to avoid. 

Every day, more and more research surfaces showing the negative effect porn is having on the community as a whole. Specifically two groups of people, teens and couples. Almost every research conducted on this topic so far highlights the same thing. The fact is that currently children are accessing pornography on the internet at younger and younger ages. The age-range only keeps diminishing. This is alarming information, considering the negative impact excessive consumption of porn can have on one’s mental health. We as a society, seriously need to consider the impact of porn. Think about the role it plays in our lives, our family, and our mental health.

Addiction to online pornography is most commonly associated with depression, anger, and anxiety. Once you become self-aware of your addictive nature, the feeling of being out of control causes a large amount of mental distress. It can make a person go from being an extreme social butterfly to avoiding every social gathering/event. This is a result of social anxiety. In simple words, social anxiety is feeling uncomfortable around other people. People who experience it can feel that they don’t really have much to add to conversations. It makes them feel like they don’t really know how to make conversations flow.

A person consuming pornographic content on a regular, can develop extreme cases of social anxiety for the following reasons

Discomfort

As a society, we are quite embarrassed to talk about the topic of pornography. We have surrounded it with so much stigma and taboo. Often when someone is dealing with this particular addiction, they shy away from speaking up. Most men have difficulty talking about this topic. The last thing they want is their use of porn to come up in conversations. They feel ashamed and guilty about it. The patriarchal society makes it even more difficult and complicated for women. Due to this, the link between pornography and social anxiety becomes a vicious cycle of shame. 

Loneliness

Increased pornography use gives rise to loneliness and loneliness, in turn, leads to increased pornography use. Research has significantly associated porn use with loneliness, it shows a clear two-way relationship between both the components. Increased feelings of loneliness can make a person uncomfortable with social situations. As a result of this, they pull away from any form of social interaction, and end up adding on to the loneliness. 

Disconnection

An obsession with pornography has a huge negative impact on relationships. As humans, we are inherently social beings. Meaning, we are wired to have relationships and build connections with the people around us. To survive and maintain stable mental health, we need social interaction and a sense of community. Porn takes away from this and fills our mind with fake intimacy, which does not match the real deal. The more people become hooked to pornography, the more they start missing out on building connections in real-life.

As more and more individuals turn towards pornography and sexual addiction, they often start to lose the desire for real sex altogether. Sex becomes not as exciting as the porn they watch on screens. In such cases, before you know it, the viewer is dealing with serious sexual problems. Emotionally, porn consumers become more withdrawn from those they love, and stop caring about the relationships in their lives. Their addiction and the shame surrounding it pulls them away from their friends and family. This makes them miss out, and disconnect with those they love.

Depression

People with pornography or any similar addiction, often use their addictions as a temporary getaway from their feelings. Especially negative feelings like anger, sadness, loneliness or even boredom. This habit can easily lead to serious cases of depression. Once an individual falls into a pit of depression, they are quick to pull away from society. They tend to corner themselves, in turn, feeding into their brain a long list of anxiety disorders. As you numb your mind and body with graphic sexual content, you end up missing out on building real relationships. You let go of your family, partner, friends, and the community around you.

Whether you’re a parent considering how pornography is going to impact your child’s life or an adult who needs to consider their own or their partner’s use of porn. It is time to accept that it is an issue that is affecting us as a society. If you are struggling with pornography and sexual addictions, remind yourself that there is hope. Find a close friend, support group, or therapist that you can talk to. By first admitting you have a problem, you can move forward with your healing. No one should have to miss out on life because of their compulsions.

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8 Responses

  1. I found this helpful as well.

    I am thinking of making a video highlighting some of these points. Would you be okay with that?

    Thank you,

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