Sunday's Conversation

posted by Jeffrey on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at 8:00 AM

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This topic for this past Sunday's conversation was--you guessed it--porn. had declared this past Sunday "national porn sunday", so we took that opportunity to turn our conversation towards the ever taboo topic.

So here's the million dollar question: Why is porn such a strong addiction? More people in our world today are addicted to some form of porn than ANY other drug or vice in existence. Well, in my opinion, the ONLY vice that may have more people hooked than porn, is food--but no statistics or studies count that as an addiction--I do. More than 25 million Americans alone spend at least an hour per week viewing internet porn. No wonder the porn industry gross's more than 5 billion dollars annually.

So before we talk about the exact conversation and ideas we discussed Sunday night, I'd like to hear some comments from yall on why porn is such a strong addiction. Ready? Go...


Blogger Michael said...

The comparison to food is an apt one. Why? Well, because both can easily come into our home and be relatively unmonitored...for the most part, most of us can easily buy food and take it home. Also, there aren't the side effects like alcohol and drugs from looking at porn. It's something we can loook at or view easily and discreetly--or so we think. Also, there seems to be this almost societal celebration of porn--as if it's this dirty secret everyone has, so why not just do it? It's only really looked down on if you do it to excess....if you just look at a few nude photos, that's not that bad--wink, wink, grin, grin, say no more.

October 11, 2005 3:15 PM

Blogger Kleinheider said...

Well, the sex drive is the strongest force in human nature. Without it we would not exist as a species. So it would make sense that if one had even the slightest inclination toward addiction that sex would be easiest to fall into and the hardest to break.

Drugs and alcohol, while strong addictions, can be avoided. You don't go to places and events where such things are done. You jettison those friends who were mainly drinking or drug buddies. You don't go to the liquor store and you don't go where you can cop drugs. It isn't easy, but it's doable.

However, you can't jettison your sex drive, you can't jettison your genitalia, and if you have an Internet connection porn is always just a click away. You don't have to go to the store. You don't have to leave the house. It's just there. It's an addiction that can be easily hidden. Sure there are filters and whatnot but they are easily overridden.

It's easy to say, "I am a single guy (or girl), what's wrong with a little porn. A person's gotta get off, yeah? Why not a little help?" Once the rationalization is made and once you begin to use it regularly. It can easily become an addiction.

Porn does not talk back. Porn will not reject you. Porn does not care if you are attractive, sexy or smooth. You don't have to seduce porn. Porn does not need to be pleased. It's easy. A poor substitute for the real thing, no doubt, but once it does become a substitute, once it has filled, however momentarily, whatever void you may have -- it becomes a habit, an addiction.

October 11, 2005 3:46 PM


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