Watching Porn Might Be Causing You Stress, But Not Why You’d Think

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If you’re one of those people worried that you may be watching too much porn, fear not because new research suggests the stress is all in your head.

Scientists have been working for a long time to establish why some people may become addicted to pornography and a new survey has shed some light on why certain internet users might feel distressed about the whole thing.

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In a Psychology of Addictive Behaviors’ study published online last week, Joshua B. Grubbs of Case Western Reserve University​ ​polled around 2,000 adults about their porn habits, negative emotions, and the concept of addiction.

The results were fascinating and implied that the worry of porn addiction actually causes far more problems than actually watching the porn itself.

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As Science Of Us wrote:

People who believed they were addicted to porn also experienced more psychological distress — depression, anxiety, anger — than those who didn’t feel as if they were addicted to porn.

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In a statement, Grubbs added:

Collectively, these findings suggest that perceived addiction to Internet pornography, but not pornography use itself, is related to psychological distress, which runs counter to the narrative that many people have put forth. It doesn’t seem to be the pornography itself that is causing folks problems, it’s how they feel about it. Perceived addiction involves a negative interpretation of your own behaviour, thinking about yourself, like, ‘I have no power over this’ or ‘I’m an addict, and I can’t control this.’ We know from many studies that thinking something has control over you leads to psychological distress.

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Basically, if you think the amount of porn you’re watching is over the top, you might actually be self-imposing completely unnecessary unhealthy emotions.

The findings reportedly tie in to a previous study conducted by Grubbs, which concluded that users who think they’ve lost self-control are more likely have religious or moral hang-ups related to sex. Essentially, it’s probably not the porn that’s the problem, but society’s attitude towards sex in general.

So stop worrying so much and just enjoy the boobs!

You can check out the full study here.


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