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America’s Rampant Porn Addiction

America’s Rampant Porn Addiction
February 09
22:50 2016

While many believe watching the occasional porno video acceptable, the habit can get out of hand quickly. Senator Todd Weiler claims that pornography has become a public health crisis in his home state of Utah.

Last month, the Republican lawmaker proposed a resolution that “recognizes the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level in order to address the pornography epidemic that is harming the citizens of Utah and the nation.”

The state of Utah has one of the country’s highest rates of pornography use.

“I’m being mocked by the media about this, but it is affecting people’s lives and families,” says Weiler. “This is not a Mormon thing, a Utah thing. This is not a conservative thing. It’s based on science. Not all scientists will agree on this, but scientists don’t agree on everything.”

The divorce lawyer-turned-politician says he’s only trying to spread awareness of the harm a pornography addiction can cause. Let’s use tobacco as an example: during the 1950’s, tobacco was not believed to be additive. Now we know otherwise. Today, “porn is being found to be addictive and damaging,” says Weiler.

“The resolution is a warning telling us to be careful. I’ve been a divorce attorney for 20 years and it contributes to a lot of divorces in Utah,” explains the Senator. “It undermines relationships and families. I’m not trying to ban pornography. I know it’s not illegal. Not everyone who looks at pornography is going to get addicted, but a lot of people don’t realize it can have that impact.”

Sexual addiction specialist Jeremy Boberg agrees that Utah has a huge problem with pornography addictions. He estimates that “85%-90% of my clients that come in annually have a sexual addiction or compulsion. For the first time in the human race, you can make love to your computer, smartphone, or tablet anytime, anywhere, and the human brain was not designed for this,” he explains. “It’s cocaine on steroids. It’s touch deprivation, so you don’t need to go to your spouse or your significant other for that connection, which is paramount to cultivating relationships.”

Porn addictions can be fatal, as you can see from the increasing number of car crashes caused by individuals watching porn and masturbating while driving.

Meanwhile, others argue that the occasional indulgence in pornography can actually help relationships. “The idea that adult entertainment is inherently harmful and is the cause of marital demise is not supported by research. In fact, many couples find pornography to aid in enhancing marital excitement,” argues psychologist Dr. Chloe Carmichael. “Some people might feel that pornography is misaligned with their own personal values or not appropriate within their own marriage; but to say it is harmful to all citizens and inherently harmful to the institution of marriage is simply inaccurate.”

Porn can be a “healthy outlet for many people, and provides a safe way for them to explore new ideas in the context of a couple or a solo experience,” explains Carmichael.

However, divorce attorney Joe Cordell argues that pornography viewing is responsible for 10% of the divorces that come through his firm Cordell & Cordell. Porn is often “the straw that breaks the marriage’s back,” he says.

However, Cordell also explains that it is more common that partners are “being unfaithful through memberships on dating websites and/or using social media to exchange sexual images and messages in divorce cases than pornography.”

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