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15 Reasons to Stop Watching Porn

If you’re worried that porn might be ruining your life, you’re probably right. This article should help you to understand all the negative side effects of watching porn, which you probably don’t even realise exists for the most part.

1. It’s An Addiction

The biggest addiction that men have, is watching porn.  An addiction destroys your life in multiple areas. It consumes your time, your money, your energy, spirituality and ruins the progress/productivity you have towards achieving your goals. Just like with any other addiction; drinking, alcohol, eating sugar, your life is a lot better without it.

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2. It Causes Depression

Much like with sugar addiction, watching porn releases dopamine into our brains, and produces the feeling of pleasure. If you keep watching it regularly, you’ll need to watch more to gain the same amount of pleasure as you first experienced. When you’re not watching as much as your brain is used to, you’ll experience withdrawal symptoms. This is a huge cause of depression. However, it could be that the person watching was depressed to begin with, which led them to the habit to make themselves feel better.

3. It Destroys Your Productivity

It’s easy to get distracted from your work when you’ve got pornography on your mind the whole time. An addiction to anything will stop you from getting work done in one way or another. It cuts your efficiency considerably, and, before you know it, half the day has gone by and you’ve barely done anything.

4. It Can Lead to Sexual Dysfunction

It’s been shown to lead to less sex, less satisfying sex, as well as absolutely no sex whatsoever. The images that you’re accustomed to seeing, gradually affect your brain, so that you experience difficulty during normal sexual activity. If you stop watching, then eventually everything will go back to normal, and you won’t have issues anymore!

5. You’ll Start to Hate Your Body

There’s a reason why famous porn-stars look the way they look - they undergo a lot of makeup, surgery and photoshop edits. When you watch porn, you start to compare yourself with the actors, and that probably won’t make you feel good about yourself. But it’s silly to compare, because a lot of what you’re seeing isn’t real.

6. It Causes You to Stop Appreciating Real People

In the fantasy world of porn, where everything is designed to perfection, sometimes we can forget to appreciate just what we have. With images of perfect bodies instilled in our minds, we can easily forget to appreciate our partner. Not only that, but the addiction also means that you’ll be spending less time with your loved ones or family, less time improving real connections, and more  time sitting in front of a screen doing nothing constructive.

7. It Destroys Your Self-Confidence

Porn might make you question a lot of things; your abilities in the bedroom, your physical appearance, your relationships. Unfortunately, this is one of the biggest side effects of things like porn. They ruin your self-confidence. But, there’s a simple fix: stop watching porn and the doubt goes away !

8. It Might Empty Your Wallet

Most online porn nowadays is free, unless you truly are addicted and want to start watching all the premium productions. If that’s the case, then your wallet is going to start looking a little thin. With Ads and free trials all over the place, they make it pretty easy for you to get hooked as well. Your wallet is a lot better off without porn in your life.

9. It Kills Your Dreams / Passions / Goals

Porn is just one of the many bad habits that can stop us from working on our dreams / passions/ goals. It takes up a lot of your time; time that could be spent achieving your goals.

10. The Habit/Addiction Can Get Worse

Addictions can always get worse. Eventually, they end up consuming more of your time and energy than they did at first. It’ll also mean that every negative effect porn has on your brain will be increased as the addiction gets worse. Your self-confidence, your level of appreciation for others, sexual dysfunction and so on, will all get worse as the addiction does. Stop watching porn now, and rid yourself of the addiction whilst it’s only mild.

11. It Is Inversely Proportionate To Satisfying Sex

As mentioned before, watching porn frequently can cause erectile dysfunction.   The more severe your addiction, the less likely you are to have a satisfying real life sex.  Give up the porn, and you open yourself up to better sex with your partner, or future partner.

12. It Clouds Your Imagination

Studies have shown that porn clouds your creativity and imagination with unrealistic images and garbage. In order to be your most creative self, you need to get rid of everything that hampers your creativity in this way. There is an awesome article, 'Fight The New Drug', about porn ruining your creativity, which you might like to read.  (https://fightthenewdrug.org/how-porn-changes-the-brain/ )

13. It Enslaves All Your Time

Do yourself a favour and ask yourself how many times you access these sites a week, and how long your average session on them is for. That’s how much time you’re not working to develop yourself every week. That’s the time that could be spent getting a real girlfriend instead of fantasising.

14. It Can Promote Violence Against Women

Watching porn has often led men to become more violent towards women. In many of the videos online, women are treated in a way that shouldn’t ever be repeated in real life unless it’s something they find arousing and give you their consent to do so. Many men take this the wrong way though, and it can often lead to violence against women. This is another great reason to stop watching porn.

15. It Makes You Feel Afraid Of Being Exposed

Nobody likes to admit watching obscene videos when their friends are being productive, social and forming strong connections with their partners. If you don’t want to feel ashamed of your habit, then kick it to the curb. Go out and do exactly what will make you feel good deep down.  Become more social, be more productive, shoot for your goals !


How to Stop Watching Porn

1. Spend More Time Connecting With Your Partner

The obvious solution to the problem would be to spend more time connecting with your partner. If you are in a relationship, and you have an addiction to porn, then you need to address how healthy your relationship is. Spend more time with your partner, talk it through, and connect with each other.

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2. If You Don’t Have A Partner, Meet New People !

If you don’t have a partner, then your reasons for watching porn are fairly predictable. Go out and meet new people. Spend some time travelling the world, do more activities outside of your home. The solution to your problem may be simpler than you think.

3. Block Website Access from Your Computer

If you really can’t trust yourself to refrain from watching the stuff, there are plenty of apps that let you block access to various websites on your computer. You can do the same with your children if the reason you’re reading this is for their safety. The trouble is, it’s very easy to change a setting on an app or browser, and go back to your old ways. Which is why you should try locking the settings with a password or email address, of someone else’s info! Get a friend to keep the password or settings control for you. That way, if you’re really struggling, you’d have to ask them to let you in. And that’s just embarrassing. Have a quick search on Google for some apps you can use. There’s a ridiculous number of them !