Seriously though, this porn addiction thing is bullshit. I’m not saying some people don’t have a bit of a problem with it, as people have obsessive behaviours towards the craziest shit. But it is not an addiction. We toss around the word “addiction” WAY too lightly nowadays. It pisses me off listening to people complain about being “addicted” to caffeine and other reasonably innocuous shit.
What happens when you cut off the porn? You probably feel a little irritable and depressed? I’m sure there’s nothing major in the way of physical symptoms.
What happens when you cut a person off of hard drugs? Vomiting, diarrhea, sweats, inability to eat/sleep, pain, hallucinations/delusions, painful muscle spasms, and so much more, depending on the drug and person. It’s usually a combination and some can even cause death.
These are clearly not on the same level.[/quote]
I agree with most of what you’re saying. Legitimate withdrawls are a horrible thing that you remember for the rest of your life.
However, you can’t say something isn’t addictive because the withdrawl symptoms are mild. By that standard, cigarettes aren’t addictive. [/quote]
Fair assertion, but perhaps I didn’t express myself quite right there. I would consider addiction (i.e. substance dependence) to be a biochemical dependency on an exogenous substance, manifested by physical symptoms upon cessation of the drug. To be an “addict”, this dependency should have a largely significant impact on an individual’s ability to live one’s day to day life. This is why smoking is addictive, but the vast majority of smokers aren’t really addicts.
Just because a substance or substance problem doesn’t fit this criteria doesn’t mean it doesn’t cause problems, that is substance abuse.
Behaviours can have severely deleterious effects on one’s quality of life, but to call it an addiction? I would say it’s more like an obsessive behaviour.