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Study says porn damages mind, heart

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  • Anonymous
    March 20, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    I've studied the development of the Internet. I had a connection to the web when evil government controlled it. We had no pop-ups, spam or spyware then. We've gone a long way since the Internet our tax dollars paid for was handed over to business.

    Once, I tried to watch porn on one of these sites. It was so boring I don't take more than a couple of minutes watching it. I find it amazing that you could find this addicting. Yuk!

  • Dutch
    March 20, 2010 10:33 a.m.

    Pornography while lauded as harmless fun by some can lead to a destrucivte path. I know from personal experiances that it can control your life your thoughts are consumed by it. It will impact your intimate life with your spouse as you expect unreasonable actions from them based on what you have viewed. It is as destrutive as any other addiction but it doesnt smell or cause drunk drivng accidents. We had good friends who viewed porn as part of thier relationship it destroyed them and thier marriage. Religion has nothing to do with my feelings it has to do with destroying the trust my spouse had in me as a good husband

  • DUH!!!!!!!
    March 20, 2010 10:04 a.m.

    When I think about what porn has done for me I first think of the best day of my life - the day the girl of my dreams said "I do", then I fast forward to the worst day of my life - the day she said to a judge "I just cannot stay married to him any more, he is addicted to porn". Porn distroyed my life and my marriage. The study indicated that porn can change the way you think, they did not need to do a study to figure that out, all they needed to do was ask me, I am living proof. When I got into porn I began to look at my wife and our life together differently, it drove us apart.

    If you look at the definition of addiction it reads something like this "an inability to stop a repeated and/or compulsive use of an activity, behavior, or substance inspite of negative consequences". I lost my wife, to me that is a negative. Someone who is involved in the use of porn will in all likelyhood become addicted and it will change the way you think.

    Porn can and will distroy your life. I know!!!

  • Ashley
    March 20, 2010 3:08 a.m.

    As someone who actually is addicted to porn at this very second and has been for a while I can say...It is Horrible. Someone who understands what sex is for knows that porn is life threatening. Yes life...It creats perversions, and thoughts that are only pleasing to the worldly mind. Your views on the oposite sex become distorted. It is an evil. It destroys a person. I know that if I had a daughter/son I would not be okay with her/him being in a porn or watching it. So if its not okay for my children it is not okay for me. What a disgusting thing that porn is. DISGUSTING. by the way....I am a female. If that makes any difference to the readers. sorry for the spelling.

  • Randall
    March 6, 2010 11:04 a.m.

    My then 18 year old cousin completely destroyed his life from guilt as his addiction to net porn took him to briefly indulging his curiosity after stumbling upon some illegal images. if he wasnt surfing for net porn in the first place, he would have been fine, that was nearly 8 years ago, he still lives in self disgust, hes nowhere near the same person he once was, hes dead inside, he was a good, moral guy, and my best friend, it kind of makes me hate him a bit, i dont think he'll ever recover...........

  • GEORGE
    Dec. 30, 2009 4:54 a.m.

    IT WARPS THE MIND, CREATES PERVERSIONS, JUST LIKE ANY MOVIE IT INFLUENCES HOW YOU THINK

  • Ria
    Dec. 22, 2009 2:42 p.m.

    Holland is a good place to see what porn does, where it's been mainstream for years. Women here in general don't care how they look, hack their hair off, wear bad clothes & look so sad. What's the point in making an effort anyway? They know their place. All the men here are 2nd, 3rd generation porn freaks. Welcome to the future, people.

  • undecided
    Dec. 21, 2009 11:08 p.m.

    Porn, to me is part of the ugly side of human nature. The self indulgent, insensitive, "me" part of us. I don't view pornography and usually have a "to each his own" type of viewpoint on many social issues. However; since I feel strongly about not having porn in my life and my boyfriend is clearly addicted it the subject is a particulary senstive one. The porn industry feeds on, and make a tidy profit off of those addicted to it who are primarily men. It gives in return heartache (in my case) and very temporary satisfaction instead of long term satisfaction that comes from a loving relationship with a live person.I find it a little sad that men are taken advantage of in that way.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 15, 2009 1:55 p.m.

    Utah is the only place this topic comes up in my reading. I read a study that profits were down in the porn industry because pron as loss much of its shock value.

    My honesty impression of pron is is boring, phony and mechanistic. Porn has never caught my interest long enough for porn to interest me.

  • Ken Baugely
    Dec. 15, 2009 1:35 p.m.

    its not the pornography 6:45 a.m. wrote,

    "Utah is top in the nation for porn subscriptions and there's a reason for that. When you mystify something and surround it with guilt and shame, it becomes MORE alluring, not less. It's the attitudes surrounding porn that cause the destruction.

    I started out viewing porn as evil and I spent too much time viewing it. When I changed my views and saw myself as something less than "evil" the guilt and shame disappeared along with the need to view it too often."

    Good comment. Unfortunately, I believe this will fall on deaf ears. Utah will not listen and will continue to struggle with this huge problem that seems only to exist in Utah. I wonder why?

  • Uncle Reality
    Dec. 15, 2009 1:23 p.m.

    This is ridiculous. Every major study has shown time and time again, that pornography is harmless and does not lead to bad behavior. Utah's unhealthy reaction to pornography and its failure to understand the issue is harmful and the reason Utah has such a huge and disproportionate problem with it.

  • Alexnader
    Dec. 15, 2009 1:16 p.m.

    Porn is like the inner Devil who takes controll over your self controll - but YOU have the power to decide to watch it or not!

    Just a little note, nothing with the article I must say, but for those who have been affected of it; STOP!

  • Hurt
    Dec. 12, 2009 8:08 a.m.

    My family has been affected by pornography and it is evil. I hate that it can pop up on your computer even though you thought your computer was protected. Why should innocent children be able to view it? It should NOT be allowed on the internet. If you want it then go to some sleazey porn shop and buy it. It should not be in homes. I believe Satan uses the media like he never has before. Why don't our lawmakers make it illegal to be on the internet? This outrages me!! My trust will never be the same. Porn just distorts reality and demeans women. It is like playing with fire - eventually you will get burned. My advice to anyone who is curious - STAY AWAY!!!!

  • WarriorWoman
    Dec. 11, 2009 12:51 p.m.

    As far as the Utah comments are concerned,The Salt Lake Tribune, in June "06 stated only about 41.6% of the population is actively LDS (Mormon). There are numerous other churches as well as none religous residents. So what percentage of the population is viewing porn and what part of that percentage is actually religious. Location doesn't matter. Anything which demeans a human being is evil. Pornography has nothing to do with love making. It denies the whole of the human being and focuses only on the emotionless act of sexual gratification. It is the mechanical use of a human behavior meant to bond couples in love and preserve the continuation of life. It leaves humanilty out of the equation and opens the door to abusive behavior on all levels. Whether a little or a lot it is still distructive to a true relationship with another human being.

  • Seriously?
    Dec. 10, 2009 6:40 p.m.

    "What in christainity could lead to the fall of an empire? The love your neighbors and enemies part? The don't kill and steal part? what?"

    Really? That's just too funny to even respond to.

  • Greco-Roman disapear?
    Dec. 10, 2009 6:36 p.m.

    The ancestors are still there today. You know nothing of history. Christianity DID take over the empire. Do you think the Greeks and Romans are like the Mayans? Just collapsed and everyone went back to the forests? Christianity is a political force as much as anything, and Christian politics forcefully took over plain and simple.

  • RE: people are like flowers?
    Dec. 10, 2009 5:27 p.m.

    Are those greco-roman cultures still around? still existing?

    NO!

    Think about that.

    By the way it is false MYTH, perpetuated by the ignorant, that christianitiy destroyed the roman empire,

    it it began falling decades if not centuries before that.

    What in christainity could lead to the fall of an empire? The love your neighbors and enemies part? The don't kill and steal part? what?

  • people are like flowers?
    Dec. 10, 2009 4:22 p.m.

    People are like flowers the more you touch them them more the soul withers? Come on people. Humans not only crave touch, without it they become soulless. Can porn be destructive? Yes. Does that mean it is neccessarily evil? No. Mormon attitudes about sex create as many problems in peoples lives as porn.

    Just saw a natl geographic special on sexual depictions in Greco-Roman culture....it was everywhere...public, private...every sort of act was in view all the time, sex was not a shameful thing but a force of nature just as wind and rain. And before you credit their downfall to it remember it was Christianity that destroyed Rome. The one size fits all view that porn is evil is everybit as dishonest as saying that all porn is good all the time for everyone.

  • Why??
    Dec. 10, 2009 4:05 p.m.

    It's amazing to me that will all of the information on the damaging effects of pornography, including talks in conference, that Utah continually ranks very high with pornography usage. Google has had search results with zip codes that confirms this. Utah was ranked #1 in the nation with searches for pornography related terms. In addition, a study done at Harvard University further confirms this. Why is that?

  • ME
    Dec. 10, 2009 8:00 a.m.

    From my experience, pron brings nothing good to a relationship. My now ex-husband began to pull away and I started to feellike a "piece of meat". After the divorce was final I came to find out that he was into porn. Some was found in his work computer (hard core porn) and some in our home computer. Thinking back, I believe he wanted to reencact what he had seen, but he had forgotten that I could say no. What was the result? He found someone that supported that lifestyle and he walked out on me and our then 17 month old daughter. So if you ask me if pron is good, I say a resounding NO!

  • RE: Ha | 3:42 p.m
    Dec. 9, 2009 6:11 p.m.

    The teen-ager and video games argument is very weak,

    NO ONE says it makes you a killer,

    what does do is desensitize to shooting or attacking another human being,

    which makes easier for you to actually do it.


    This was learned in WW2, when in training soldiers they found out soldiers had a hard time shooting another person,

    but when they used targets and so forth shaped like people, it made easier for them to actually do it on the battle field,


    bottomline,

    porn is poison,

    porn is toxic and addictive,

    physically changes you brain, and changes your perceptions of yourself, the opposite sex, realtionships, sex, families, affteects social interactions and frtming relationships.



  • @ "Ha | 3:42 p.m."
    Dec. 9, 2009 4:48 p.m.

    Ha | 3:42 p.m.

    I have to say, that in my opinion YOURS is the weakest arguement I've read here.

    What is the strong evidence in YOUR posting??? NONE.

    What was the strength of your arguement berating the pornography detractor postings??? Oh... you didn't give any. Just anecdotes about teenagers and video games? Weak!

  • Ha
    Dec. 9, 2009 3:42 p.m.

    While I don't necessarily approve of pornography, I have to say that the arguments against it that are posted here are quite poor. And let's stop mentioning the case of Ted Bundy as proof that pornography leads to crimes. If a teenage video game enthusiast shoots up his school, is that proof that playing video games will make you a killer too? No, the evidence would be considered weak. Judging by this article, I would say that this pornography study's evidence is also weak.

  • To "Adiction normal. | 5:30 a.m.
    Dec. 9, 2009 1:34 p.m.

    Adiction normal. | 5:30 a.m.

    You're slipping a little off topic. The topic here is "Addiction to PORNOGRAPHY" not "Adiction to Sex".

    Obviously we are adicted to sex... or there wouldn't be so many of us around.

    I think sexual attraction was built into our circitry intentionally, to encourage us to leave our parents and pair up and keep the species going.

    But what THIS ARTICLE is saying is... That adiction to "pornography" (in other words... ABNORMAL sex) had detrimental affects on individuals and the family and on society.

    NORMAL sexual attraction is a completely different story and is obviously an important part of the human condition.

  • TO: Adiction normal. | 5:30 a.m.
    Dec. 9, 2009 11:56 a.m.

    The fact that you choose to ignore what the research says doesn't make it wrong.

    Pornography is a counterfeit. Counterfeit money looks like real money, but has no real honest value. Pornography looks like love, but also has no real or honest value.

    Those who use a counterfeit approach to try to get the things they crave may find short term satisfaction, but will find long term disappointment.

  • Ted Bundy
    Dec. 9, 2009 10:36 a.m.

    I remember recording the final interview with Ted Bundy just prior to his execution. His actions came down to one word in the interview...Pornography

    He attributed his behavior to his addiction to pornography, wanting to turn the fantasy into reality. Every female he looked upon he would fantasize until he began acting out. Thus becoming one of the worst serial killers in the country

    Pornography is a dark imitation of what a special relationship should be between a husband and wife.

  • Rocky
    Dec. 9, 2009 9:54 a.m.

    Those who play will pay. Human dignity with all of its complex emotions will eventually suffer. People are like flowers, the more it's touched--the more its soul withers away. It may not be now, but someone will be hurt at another time. I'm a school teacher and I have seen countless times when children suffer because of a permissive parent. Porn does nothing to uplift society. It destroys.

  • re: it's not the pornography
    Dec. 9, 2009 9:38 a.m.

    You wrote, "When I changed my views and saw myself as something less than "evil" the guilt and shame disappeared along with the need to view it too often."

    Agreed. When we remove recognition of right and wrong, good and evil, for anything, the shame and guilt go away. However, if we choose to ignore what we know is right and choose to do what is wrong, that doesn't make wrong right (or neutral) and we still have to suffer the negative consequences of choosing wrong.

  • Alternative, healthy views about
    Dec. 9, 2009 9:35 a.m.

    This study reads to me as claiming that erotica challenges the traditional family model -- which is in miniature a replica of the State (a coercive monopoly that discourages competition and exit).

    People comparing open relationships to the traditional model are going to make difference choices. Defenders of the traditional, some would say exploitative, model are naturally going to move to censor positive, enticing portrayals of other models (such as polyamory, etc.).

    In a free society, people get to choose what kind of relationships they wish to form and conclude.

  • Internet
    Dec. 9, 2009 9:18 a.m.

    Unfortunately good things come from evil sometimes. The truth is that porn built the internet into what it is today. The good speeds and access have come about because of porn. It might have come about eventually but porn hastened the development.

  • personal
    Dec. 9, 2009 9:03 a.m.

    I used to have very liberal views on porn. I believed it was okay until it nearly destroyed my life. It was fun and enjoyable but I did not recognize what it was doing to my family. I have had to quit and it has been a very painful ordeal. I don't need to have doctors and psychologists tell me it is damaging. I found that out on my own.
    The study does bother me somewhat. It sounds like the study was more of an opinion that it was based on fact. Either the reporting of details was poor or the study was not all inclusive.
    Now that I have been away from porn for 6 months I am able to focus better and my life is better. However, I still crave my fix.

  • THEeyepatch
    Dec. 9, 2009 8:29 a.m.

    Should be outlawed PERIOD! It serves no purpose to the community, only self gratification. Then again, it makes billions of dollars a year, creates millionaires out of people that probably aren't smart enough to work fast food (that remark was in general) not that there aren't some college grads in the porn business. Somebody needs to fix the books. In the end it's about money, and money makes the world go around.

  • it's not the pornography
    Dec. 9, 2009 6:45 a.m.

    This is like saying guns kill people. No, it's people who kill people. The victorian attitudes surrounding pornography are what causes the damage. When one partner objects to it, then it becomes a problem (and yes...I believe that partner has the right to object and the other person should respect their wishes). What happens to two willing adults in the bedroom is their business alone. My wife and I both enjoy and view erotic videos from time to time. It puts spice in our marriage and brings us closer...not the other way around.

    Utah is top in the nation for porn subscriptions and there's a reason for that. When you mystify something and surround it with guilt and shame, it becomes MORE alluring, not less. It's the attitudes surrounding porn that cause the destruction.

    I started out viewing porn as evil and I spent too much time viewing it. When I changed my views and saw myself as something less than "evil" the guilt and shame disappeared along with the need to view it too often.

  • Adiction normal.
    Dec. 9, 2009 5:30 a.m.

    For anyone not to think about and crave sex is abnormal. This study is nothing but a bunch of doo-doo. It's when people don't get sex or access to it that harms society.

    At the onset of puberty, the time sex becomes a reality, our minds are constantly thinking about procreation and the other sex. The biggest problem is learning to control this normal desire. Pornography doesn't create addicts or sexually dysfunctional humans, it's our own discrimination against it that creates closet desires for sex. Only those that fear their human desires call it pornography.

    America is the only country that bears this discrimination and addiction to calling sex an evil in being human. This American addiction to sex discrimination has driven this human need to an underground society calling it pornography. I feel sorry for anyone who believes this article has any merit.

    My doctor says sex is good for the heart and mind. It's a fabulous stress reliever, which is more dangerous for the heart, as it relaxes the whole body and mind. Anyone who has had pure unadulterated and emotional sex knows this and it is real.

  • Ex addict also
    Dec. 9, 2009 12:45 a.m.

    It is pure evil. Having been addicted most of my life I can say I am happier now that I have been away from it for 4 years now. It did nearly ruin my life too. It, like other addictions, makes you think only about you and satisifying your "habit". It makes you think of women as only objects and that you can leave your wife for someone better. I am positive that many of the stalkers out there who stalk female celebritys are addicted to pornography.
    You people who say there is nothing wrong with it; try doing without it for a month and see what you say then. ANYTHING that is addicting like that is wrong. (No food is not addicting it is necessary)

  • A few....
    Dec. 9, 2009 12:19 a.m.

    years ago, I accompany a friend of mine who is a profiler in law enforcement on a job tour of a maximum security prison facility and it was interesting to me that almost all of the inmates said that they were addicted to pornography.

    I'm not sayng that that was the start of their problems later on in their lives but I just thought that it was interesting that almost all of them said that.

  • FeedTheRightWolf
    Dec. 8, 2009 10:26 p.m.

    I must agree with Ex adict it has nearly ruined my life. BTW to the lady who watches pornography with her husband. Good luck. I hope things will work out for you guys but you are playing with fire.

  • name
    Dec. 8, 2009 6:32 p.m.

    This is only true for those who believe in and want to stay/function in the current status quo of our "society". My partner and I (female and male couple) enjoy viewing "pornography" together often. BTW, this was written by the female half of the couple!

  • Ex adict
    Dec. 8, 2009 6:22 p.m.

    Take it from someone who knows. It destory you and those around you.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 8, 2009 6:14 p.m.

    Sorry, anything released locally by the Sutherland institute instantly looses any real credibility. They are notorius for speaking half-truths and skewing facts to push their agenda. While I know the study was not done by them, it was done by a similar institution that can just as easily pick and choose what "facts" to use to prove their agenda.

    That being said, porn is bad, but not always.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 8, 2009 5:51 p.m.

    I hope this study didn't cost much! It's just common sense that this is the case!

  • Bertrand
    Dec. 8, 2009 5:31 p.m.

    Most people don't want to admit much less agree with this. Many children (under 21) these days are 'porn ready' because they've seen so much on the internet and are deep into it. It's mainstream .... but porn is utterly and wholly destructive. Anyone who believes otherwise isn't thinking or is in denial.

    I have seen this in several lives and can only say, 'yes, that is obvious.' It will literally rewire the brain through the chemistry involved. There are few substances so addictive or so completely ignored for its danger.

    A 'First Amendment Right' you say? Please. If I endorse that I also will have to endorse experimental suicide and genocide. It is the same.