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Psychologists say Porn Addiction Not Real, ‘Religiosity’ the Real Problem

A renowned group of researchers have changed their viewpoint on porn addiction after doing a deeper meta-analysis and now say that the use of porn does not predict problems with porn – but religiosity does.

Porn addiction doesn’t exist, researchers say

A team of researchers who are especially noted for their history of neutrality, as well as, their previous support of the concept of porn addiction have reached a stunning new conclusion on the subject of porn usage. The psychologist involved now say that more in-depth research on the data from numerous studies has led them to believe that so-called “porn addiction” does not exist.

Porn addiction is not diagnosable

In the psychological community, porn addiction has never been a malady that is diagnosable.

Ironically, in spite of the fact that porn addiction is not a diagnosed illness by psychologists, a huge self-help industry for this ailment exists. Porn addiction treatment centers have sprung up around the country, as well as, online sites that offer treatment. This has led to a belief that there exists an epidemic of porn addiction, attributing it to a myriad of significant life problems.

Religiosity to blame for false belief in porn addiction

Researchers say religious beliefs lead to false assumption of porn addiction

After reviewing the data, the researchers claim that people with religious beliefs, especially those who grew up in conservative-minded and religious households, are most likely to believe they have porn addiction. They assert that religious beliefs make people feel guilty and ashamed of their behavior. In turn, the guilt leads to self-anger over their desire to watch sexually explicit material.

Religious belief leads to “moral incongruence” over porn

Researchers say that those who hold strong religious beliefs are an indicator of moral incongruence regarding the use of pornography. They say that this leads a person to falsely believe they have pornography-related problems.

Religious beliefs causing you harm not porn, researchers say

“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”

– Romans 1:24-25

The researchers say that the most harm comes not from pornography, but comes from a person’s moral conflict over porn use, which mostly comes from people holding religious beliefs.

The researchers say religious beliefs in the use of porn creates high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and diminished sexual well-being because of a person’s moral conflict. In addition, it leads to religious and spiritual struggles.

If you believe porn is bad, then it is harmful for you

“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”

– 1 Corinthians 6:18

The researchers concluded that continuing to use porn when you believe it is bad for you, leads to harmful effects on a person. The real harm, they say, is the unresolved and unexamined moral conflict.

In contrast, people who do not have religious beliefs that lead to moral conflict don’t experience the same issues.

Porn use doesn’t lead to increasing usage

The researchers found that someone struggling against porn use doesn’t lead to more usage. They found that people who have anguished over their use of porn don’t actually use more pornography, they simply feel worse about it. In other words, the only thing that increases is their anxiety.

Psychologists should deal with religious attitudes, not porn use, researchers say

“But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

– Matthew 5:28

The researchers recommend that psychologists address a person’s moral attitudes towards porn and their level of religiosity, rather than assess their porn usage. They suggest and clinicians focus on making the porn user’s values and behaviors congruent.

The researchers say the answer lies in changing one’s sexual behaviors, or changing one’s values, or helping these individuals become conscious and mindful of their internal conflict.

What the Bible says…

“For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”

– Romans 1:26-28

Jimmy Parsons