Fighting Porn Addiction With Technology

Faces lit by dim glows in dark rooms, 30 million searches a second, a dedicated 420 million web-pages, increased erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, late ejaculation, and 20% of smartphone searches seeking x-rated material, we may be rushing into a porn addiction epidemic at orgasmic speed.

How do a few visits to our digital friends lead to a serious and dangerous habit? Well, porn is addictive. It has even been evidenced to have the same effects on our brains as cocaine and heroin. An addiction to porn can have negative influences on daily routines, relationships, and emotional well-being by bringing on the feeling of a loss of control. Porn addiction has the power, just like any other addiction, to take over your life. Sexually speaking, one of the most documented changes occurs through what is known as the Coolidge Effect. This is when porn addicts train their brains to expect a variation of sexual partners at their discretion. When back in reality, and in their monogamous relationships, the addict can’t replicate his/her online experience and loses sexual appetite, causing erectile dysfunction, and late, or no, orgasm.

Judging by the statistics above, one of the biggest contributors to an increase in porn addiction is accessibility. Living in a world where pornographic material is available at the touch of a button is not going to see the problem disappear. For a drug addict, the addicted person may find it difficult to access their substance, whilst for porn addicts; their drug is available so readily through their pocket-sized dealers.

So how can those that are suffering to control their relationship with porn use technology – which appears to be a significant part of the problem – to take back control of their lives? Sometimes fire can be fought with fire, and here are three top tips on how addicts can use technology to their advantage.

Online Support Groups

A porn addict is no different to other addicts in their need of a support network. When it comes to sexual addictions, it may be more difficult for addicts to come forward and seek help, especially for males who tend to hide from these stigmatised issues; the internet offers a support system whilst also providing that important anonymity. Two of the biggest porn addiction support groups are NoFap and FTND (Fight the New Drug). Both offer general support and information through posts and forums, including support and guidance for the spouses and partners of addicts.

Digital Filtering

Just like other addicts create safe real-world environments to overcome their addiction, such as entering rehab, a porn addict can do the same with their digital environment by clearing out any potential pitfalls. This may include deleting certain accounts and memberships with pornographic providers; as well as unfollowing specific pages, groups, or people from social media that may induce unwanted urges. An online detox is an important and great strategy to help overcome a porn addiction.

Apps!

There are many applications on the market that can help make addicts accountable for their actions in a supportive way. Here are three popular ones to date which all offer something slightly different:

1. Covenant Eyes

Covenant Eyes is an application that ensures you are accountable for your online behavior. It is capable of tracking all your online searches – even blocking some sites if you wish – over a number of devices to provide a detailed report of your internet history. This report is then sent to a nominated person making you accountable for your choices. This person should be a loved one who you trust with helping overcome your addiction through conversation.

2. Victory

Victory is also a porn-addiction-specific app that allows users to track their progress and write notes in a journal. The aim of this is so that addicts can view their achievements and recognize progress through month to month comparisons. Somewhat like Covenant Eyes, it includes an accountability feature which alerts their chosen person(s) that they are feeling weak, as well as educational information to help motivate addicts.

3. Stop Fap 2

Second in a sequel, Stop Fap 2 is another great alternative which incorporates a community where people can help each other and offer advice. It allows users to hit an emergency button if they feel close to seeking porn and this will trigger a fact about porn or masturbation addiction to help the addict make a better choice. The app also counts days between relapse to monitor progress.

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