Cybersex Addiction

October 31, 2017

 

Every second over three thousand dollars is spent on pornography, and two hundred porn websites are created daily.  It is a fifty-seven billion dollar industry.   Online pornography business has a 3% profit margin.  

 

Pornography was once seen as a healthy part of a couple’s relationship, but this is not the current consensus.  Problems arise because real life cannot live up to the intensity of online pornography and cybersex is experienced as infidelity.

 

Pornography grabs the biggest audience with “barely legal” content, and when that content is consumed, there is a need more content.   Even if you do not intend to consume a type of content, accidentally run into a pic or gif that will capture your attention.   This perusing can lead to illegal material because the addiction needs to be fed.  As such, pornography producers will create even more elicit content because they know how to hook people in and pay.  The business also wants to trap consumers younger as possible because the younger they are, the longer they will be shelling out money.  Addicts are the best type of customers because they will pay anything to get a hit.

 

The majority of cybersex consumers are not addicted to pornography,  however, many can devolve into the endless content and highly arousing material available.   It is an affordable, accessible, and anonymous source of sexual pleasure compared to real life.   Cybersex addiction afflicts more individuals than gambling and eating disorder persons combined.  

 

Successful treatment of cybersex addiction takes about three to five years.   It takes 40 days to reach sobriety.  It requires 20 minutes of recovery work in the morning (e.g., checking in with recovery partner, journaling, etc.) and 20 minutes of recovery work at night (e.g., meditation, checking in with recovery partner, etc.).   Repetition and regularity are the factors to change.  Treatment also requires support from friends, from your romantic partner, and an addiction-recovery group.    You cannot and will not succeed in isolation.  You must reconnect with real-life relationships.  There is a predictable process of recovery, and it has its stages of development, milestones of progress, and tasks to accomplish.  

 

To learn more,  please reach out to your local support group or therapist.

 

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