Are You a Porn Addict?

“I’m not a porn addict. I mean, everyone looks at porn, right? If everyone looks at it, it can’t really be a problem for me.”

There’s a half truth there. Porn and masturbation is becoming more socially acceptable. But does social acceptance mean that addiction isn’t present? Of course not. Nobody wants to be labelled a “Porn Addict.” It’s a label that brings shame, fear, and a desire to hide.

How do you know if your porn use is compulsive instead of “normal”? Here are 12 questions your can ask in a short self-assessment:

  1. Have you ever wondered if you are a porn addict?
  2. Has anyone ever suggested that you use look at too much porn?
  3. Have you ever spent more time watching porn than you intended?
  4. Do you ever say ‘No’ to different responsibilities so you can watch porn?
  5. Has your taste in porn changed over time and become more extreme and intense?
  6. Do you keep porn stashes (ex. On your phone, on hard drives, CDs/DVDs etc.)?
  7. Do you erase your history/memory cache after you finish looking at porn?
  8. Have you ever lied about what you were doing when you were looking at porn?
  9. Have you made unsuccessful attempts to stop or reduce your porn habits?
  10. Is porn and masturbation against your values or endangering what you value?
  11. Has your physical intimacy with another person decreased while your porn habits have increased?
  12. Do you have trouble performing sexually with your partner when you have no trouble achieving orgasm with porn?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to 2-3 or more of the questions above, you should keep investigating by taking the Internet Sex Screening Test (ISST).

The ISST will give you a more accurate idea. If you score less than 4 on the ISST, you probably aren’t addicted. If you scored between 4-6, you might have an addiction. And if you scored 7 or higher, I suggest you seek help and expertise from a certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT) and receive a professional assessment to find out if you might be a porn addict.