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Published: Friday, Feb. 14 2014 10:35 p.m. MST

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Morgan Duel
Taylorsville, UT

I have always wondered why it is that the news media cry about Pornography and how terrible it is and yet the bigs in media such as Comcast, Dish and Direct TV push the porno channels? The Internet is much the same way making it available to anyone. Seemes like a double standard!!

fayetteville, NC

I am one who struggles with an addiction to pornography. It has been my struggle for over 20 years. When I read a story like this, it actually doesn't bother me. Pornography may or may not be an addiction according to scientific studies, it really doesn't matter to me. Over the 20 years I have been battling my "problem", treating it as an addiction has finally put it into a context that makes sense to me, and consequently this understanding has helped me make true progress in recovery. Therefore, whether scientifically defined as an addiction or not, treating pornography as such has made a difference in my life.

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Roy, UT

Satan is the great liar, according to the Bible. Hitler lied so repetitively that Germans believed his lies. It is a lie to say pornography is not addicting. We know the source of that lie, same as the promoter of all lies, it is the Adversary, Satan, Lucifer, whatever you want to call him. Lies such as the one heading this article can be so destructive, because they cause doubt and give justification to continuing destructive behavior.

Pornography is not addicting, or an addiction, is a big lie, don't you believe it, anyone.

Laura Ann
Layton, UT

I've seen it destroy too marriages to not know that this is a problem, no matter who is doing the survey or research.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

re: Mayfair & Austin Coug

Its interesting that more often than not, its self described byu fans and/or devout members of 'the church' who have witnessed 1st hand the destructiveness of porn yet aren't ashamed to admit it.

Heidi T.
Farmington, UT

So many studies spending huge amounts of time and money on diagnosing the addiction we already know is rampant with very few resources or cash (grants)for helping people through recovery. Backwards? "Grants" so often refer to tax- payer dollars.

Phoenix, AZ

"Even though I personally would not label it a "sin," I can not imagine a scenario in which a person who watches porn is motivated by noble intentions."

Does one always have to be caught up in noble intentions?

@Mainly Me:
"FBI statistics show that in 80% of cases of violent sex crimes, they find porn either at the scene or at the home of the offenders."

They likely also found a pair of shoes at the scene. So, who's to say whether it's the porn or the pair of shoes that motivated the crime?

"More than 50% of all divorces are because one spouse uses porn."

Probably the same percentage of divorces could be said comes from a lack of intimacy between husband/wife... or finance troubles.

@Kings Court:
"Sex is addicting so therefore porn is addicting. If it completely controls your life, then it is a bad thing."

And mother nature made it so... especially for males, so don't knock it.

Gilbert, AZ

It seems to me that everyone has a different definition of what pornography is. I hope and pray we can all agree that there is no place for violent pornography and such filth is a drain on society.

In my experience, people can be addicted to anything. Whether that makes it an addiction or not, I don't completely understand the fine points of the psychological language being used.

Virginia Beach, Va

I judge by evidence. In my view the evidence is clear, porn is addictive and destructive. Do you see areas that allow porn turning out great families and sky rocketing property values ? No, of course not. You see crime and grit. NYC turnaround came when they closed sex shops and cleaned area up. Now that evil is in our computers and destructs famlies in a dark room at home. For me and my house porn is the same as drugs and I don't want either in my home.

slc, UT

Your article doesnt make sense, your headlines states that Pornography addiction does not exist, but then you cite stories and websites that say it does. Who cares? There is no point to your article.

The Minnesota Kid
West Jordan, UT


I also trust science. Like the science of a little known university called Cambridge used to find patterns in the brain with pornography that exist with alcohol and drug use as well.

Provo, UT

There are a number of ways to use "addiction". Some of them are more politically-correct and vogue than others in contemporary culture. Certainly, within more formal definitions it seems likely that it would tend to include some things and exclude others on the list of criteria that qualify as "addiction". But redefining the terms does little to change the fact that for some, viewing pornography becomes a pernicious and destructive habit that is difficult to change without help.

Auckland NZ, 00

This study was not about the social and personal ills than can be experienced by people who frequently view pornography. It was a clinical study of brain activity of people thought to be porn addicts when they were shown pornographic images, and to compare those patterns of brain activity to other groups with chemical rather than behavioural addictions. Don't be sidetracked by the word addictive. The results of this study say nothing about the negative impact of the behaviour.

Cedar Hills, UT

We always try to quantify and categorize things. I don't see how scientist doing research is better, in this case, than talking to real people about how it's effective their lives. An addition or not, doesn't change the fact that users have told me how it's completely changed their behavior. Two people I knew very well are in prison for terrible acts, Pornography was a major part of their life and they admitted it was the force behind their actions. Scientist disagree on a lot of things, and have change their views as more becomes available. In this case we can also use real people, the fact is it has the ability to change who you are.

Farmington, Utah

I worked in the county jail for nine years with inmates from all over: local, state, federal prisoners. One thing they all had in common: "addiction" to pornography.

Voice of Experience
Salt Lake City, UT

These people obviously have never been addicted to Porn, or they are in serious denial. I'm here to tell you that it is real and it is very destructive. I was a young man when I got addicted to porn. It distorted my perception of love. One sign of addiction is shame and secrecy. Another is when a little isn't enough and the more you indulge, the more you want until you have an insatiable appetite. People who suffer from porn addiction have no clue how their lust, objectifying, and attitude towards people's boundaries affect other people. Try attending an AMAC meeting (adults molested as children) if you don't believe me. The long lasting effects are devastating. If you are indulging in porn, get help and rise above it. It can and will ruin your life or someone you love if you don't quit now.

Waltham, MA

I for one, and so tired of so called Science , proving that unnatural behavior and destructive behavior are "NATURAL" and every body does it.... our society is a book written by the excuse that certain behavior is just natural and there is nothing you can do about it,,, if that is the case then why are our prison full of people that hurt others because of addictions and horrible behavior? When I have seen the effects of pornography on relationships, and certainly the way men treat woman when they are addicted to it... You will never convince me that it is natural and that every body does it. It has the same effect on your brain as any drug, and eventually you become very hardened and unfeeling..It does not take a well educated Scientist to see how destructive this behavior is,

Saint Louis, MO

This issue should be viewed within the context of known valid research which includes Masters and Johnson in St. Louis. The sexes respond differently to the visual sexual stimulation of pornography.

Salt Lake, UT

I agree about the, "I can't stop when I want." Issue. I am sure most men stop much sooner than they originally wanted.....

Salt Lake City, UT

"I worked in the county jail for nine years with inmates from all over: local, state, federal prisoners. One thing they all had in common: "addiction" to pornography."

Oh, somehow I don't believe that. But it's cool you think you knew that much about every person that went through there.

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