Is Pornography Really As Addictive and Damaging As This Infographic Says It Is?

Published: NOVEMBER 8, 2013 | Updated: JULY 7, 2020
There are strong arguments on both sides of the pornography debate. We want to hear yours.

When it comes to pornography, there's one thing we can say for sure: It's more available than ever. If you have a computer - or even a smartphone - and a connection to the Internet, there is an endless, boundless, and growing stream of videos and images to watch. What we don't know for sure are the effects of having so much streamable smut.


Anti-pornography activists argue that pornography degrades women; that it turns us on to increasingly graphic and extreme forms of sex; that it affects our sex lives by influencing our perceptions of sex; that it is designed to become addictive. Those on the other side of the debate say that pornography is a form of sexual expression, that expressing ourselves sexually is a natural form of being human and that studies haven't proved that pornography - even hardcore pornography - has any ill effects.

This infographic comes from ProjectKnow and aims to look at pornography use, and what appears to be an increasing backlash against it. One of the most prominent groups in this backlash is NoFap, a support group that was started on by people who feel that pornography has become a problem in their lives and are giving it up - along with masturbation. Check it out - and tell us what you think.

We want to hear from you! What are your experiences with pornography? Do you think it's addictive? Is it good, bad or just something that needs to be used in moderation?Share your views in the comments.


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