Adult movies addiction is not a clinically diagnosed condition. But that doesn’t stop swathes of men – for it is predominantly men – of all ages across the world becoming seemingly addicted to watching adult movies.
Erectile dysfunction amongst young men is on the rise, but opinions are divided as to whether this is as a result of adult movies or simply masturbation.
Studies have shown that adult moviesconstitutes about 25 per cent of all search engine requests and affects the brain in much the same way as drugs.
It has the potential to ruin relationships, sex lives and cause mental health problems but for many men, it’s seemingly impossible to give up. Yet some have.
There is a community of ‘Po***Free’ men on Reddit where those who’ve successfully given up po** help those struggling with an addiction. It’s different from the famous ‘NoFap’ community, whose members have given up masturbation altogether.
“The NoFap crowd is a little more ‘out there’ compared to the Po***Free subreddit,” regular poster Jack* explained to The Independent.
“I reckon people would relate more to the latter, because we don’t believe masturbation itself is a bad thing, just modern p****ography where men can have more virtual partners in an hour than they would have experienced in a lifetime when our brains first evolved.”
And the men who’ve overcome their addictions genuinely want to help by passing on their advice.
“My goal in communities like these is make people feel OK to deal with this situation,” P***Free member Jason*, who’s recently passed the two-year p***-free mark, told The Independent. “That it’s fine to have [a p*** addiction] and acknowledge it.
“Because from an outside perspective, and this is speaking from experience, it’s extremely isolating.”
Like many members of the community, he didn’t tell anyone he knew about his addiction but sought solace online: “I was too afraid to be viewed as something lesser,” Jason explained.
A lot of the men have very similar stories and reasons for finally deciding to give up p***. For some, it’s the exhaustion of feeling like a slave to something you can’t control: “The major impetus for me to give up p** was because I was tired of being on the hamster wheel of addiction,” 44-year-old Dave* from Florida told The Independent.
For 21-year-old Jacob* from Idaho, it was the realisation that p*** was ruining his relationship, leaving his girlfriend feeling “insecure and emotionally neglected.”
“It was a wake-up call when I was at risk of losing someone I loved,” he explains, adding that he didn’t want P*** to be a coping mechanism when he had problems and he also hoped going p***-free would improve his sex life.