Pornography is coming under attack by many organizations and a somewhat unpopular opinion of its effects is being spotlighted. However, research is showing that the criticisms pornography is receiving isn’t just the opinion of a few Christian prudes, but a harsh reality that our society needs to soon face with the industry becoming more readily available and accepted by the majority than ever. It’s no surprise that the proven negative effects of pornography are trying to be dismissed when a vast majority of society have become porn users themselves. With so many partaking in pornography, it is only expected that those speaking against it will have an “unpopular” opinion.
The research and proof of the harms of pornography are becoming more and more evident. The number of groups rising against the porn industry is growing. Harsh realities of what was once thought to be harmless behavior are coming to light, thanks to organizations and groups willing to speak out.
ProjectKnow.com recently featured the THE NOFAP EXPERIMENT: A VOYAGE THROUGH PORN ADDICTION, SUPPORT, AND RECOVERY, an in-depth look at pornography addiction. NoFap is a non-religious community support group on Reddit.com, in which members have taken a stand against their own personal use of pornography. Participation has been for various reasons — usually because they recognize the negative effects it has had on their life. These Reddit users are voluntarily abstaining from using pornography and from masturbation.
A survey was taken of these Reddit users and mixed with other research data gathered from various sources, and compiled into an interesting infographic that is featured on ProjectKnow.com.
Using the data from ProjectKnow.com and the NoFap experiment, ChurchMag compiled the following list of five non-religious reasons to avoid pornography:
1. Disinterest in Marital Sex
Viewing pornography creates the Coolidge Effect or novelty-seeking behavior. The effect is declined arousal with the same mate, and the only way to restore arousal, is by having different mates regularly. Porn trains the brain to continual newness. The effects, of course, often lead to infidelity or a complete lack of sexual interest towards ones spouse.
2. Lack of Control
1 in 5 people, who watch pornography regularly, admit they feel controlled by their sexual desires. Much like a drug user becomes powerless over their addiction, pornography seeps in and dominates every area of your life.
3. Never Satisfied
64% say the type of pornography they indulge in becomes increasingly extreme and deviant. When you consider these effects with the fact that people are viewing pornography at a younger age, the long-term results will only lead towards a broader spectrum of acceptable deviance — even within the Church.
4. Greater Risk of Sexual Dysfunction
Ironically enough, the more you sexualize yourself the more likely you are to be unable to be sexual. Among the 27-31 year olds surveyed, 19 percent suffer from premature ejaculation, 25 percent are disinterested in sex with their partner, 31 percent have difficulty reaching orgasm, and 34 percent experience erectile dysfunction. These are young men with these problems! Of these men surveyed, 60% felt sexual function improved after committing to no pornography.
5. Less Energy Levels and Productivity
67% felt an energy increase and felt more productive after they stopped using pornography.
Although the article focuses on the non-religious reasons that pornography should be avoided, it does touch on the issues of pornography and Christian views, saying:
But We’re Christians
I think it is easy for Christians to neatly place everything into a spiritual box and ignore the effects of the physical world. Sin leads to death, so the effects of sin will always have its deadly effects on those that indulge in it — no matter what that sin is. To learn about these natural negative effects of pornography should be no real surprise to believers, because Christians know that viewing pornography is sinful.
However, I think that it is particularly powerful when a non-religious group, like this Reddit group, is taking such a pro-active stand against pornography, solely on its natural effects.
This only amplifies the need for us to eradicate pornography from our life and the Church.
The criticisms of pornography do not stop with the effects the individual pornography user and those closest to them will face. An up and coming website StopTraffickingDemand.com, which focuses on negative consequences occurring in our society – specifically, Pornography & Sex Trafficking. As the site states:
The booming demand for trafficked women and children in recent years is due in part to the proliferation of pornography. The purpose of this site is to bring together research and personal accounts to help the public understand one of the major factors creating and driving the demand for trafficked women and children.
Government officials, leaders, celebrities and the general public are calling for increased efforts to stop sex trafficking. However, it must be recognized that unless something is done to curb the demand, we will never solve the problem of this exploitation. Instead, the problem will continue to overwhelm our society.
The different types of sexual exploitation are seamlessly intertwined. Pornography, sexually oriented businesses, strip clubs, prostitution and sex trafficking are all incontestably linked. It is time we stop ignoring the continuum of exploitation in order to start solving the problem.
The outcry against pornography is nothing new, but it is becoming louder with a grow generations of users, increased ease of use and access, undeniable research, and new data come to light every day. Morality In Media (MIM), a non-profit organization was founded in 1962 and is the leading national organization opposing pornography and indecency through public education and the application of the law. According to their site PornHarms.com, MIM currently “directs the War on Illegal Pornography Coalition, an effort with Congress to pressure the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce existing federal obscenity laws. MIM also maintains a research website about the harms of pornography and regularly directs national awareness campaigns to help the public understand the consequences of pornography and find resources to aid in their struggles.”
The question remains, will pornography users accept the research and proven data and give up their pleasure for the many benefits of a life free from pornography or has the need for self and instant gratification become so great that this heinous problem will continue to grow?
For more information on the harms of pornography use, you may also visit the Facebook page Pornography Harms. Information is updated regularly.