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Below is a list of questions that relate to behaviors common among people who may be using pornography in an unhealthy way. Please read each question carefully, and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar feelings or habits in the past few months to see where you fall on the spectrum.

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Do you spend a lot of time thinking about pornography?
Is a porn site listed as one of your most frequently visited sites on your phone?
Have you ever tried to cut back on how much porn you consume?
Do you ever lose track of time while you're watching porn?
Do you ever feel restless or irritable when you try to cut back on porn?
Have you ever lied about how much porn you actually watch?
Has pornography ever interfered with your work, school, or relationships?
Do you continue to watch/look at porn even when it has had negative consequences on your relationships or your work?
Have you ever done anything illegal to access porn?
Do you ever feel guilty, sad, or anxious about watching/looking at porn?

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Porn Addiction FAQs

How do you know if you have a porn addiction?

To have a porn addiction, you need to meet three criteria: compulsion, an inability to control your compulsion, and the knowledge that it can hurt you or your relationships with others, says Michael McGee, MD, staff psychiatrist at Atascadero State Hospital in San Luis Obispo, California. “With a porn addiction, you simply can’t stop yourself even though you want to,” he says.

An individual with a porn addiction will continue engaging with porn even though they know there will be adverse consequences such as a damaged relationship with their significant other. “And even though there are consequences because of excessive engagement with porn addiction, the person is unable to stop,” Dr. McGee says.

How common is porn addiction?

Exact numbers for pornography addiction aren’t available, but it's well known that the use of pornography is extremely common. “There is almost no man who has never used porn,” says Michael McGee, MD, staff psychiatrist at Atascadero State Hospital in San Luis Obispo, California. Overall, it is estimated that 50 to 99 percent of men and 30 to 86 percent of women consume porn. And the Internet makes adult content easier than ever to access—and become addicted to—since the Web offers affordability, anonymity, and accessibility.1,2

How is porn addiction diagnosed?

There’s a lot of controversy about whether or not porn addiction really exists, and there are no formal diagnostic criteria, says Michael McGee, MD, staff psychiatrist at Atascadero State Hospital in San Luis Obispo, California. The closest you would come to a formal diagnosis is called “other specified sexual dysfunction,” he explains. This larger category of diagnoses, which refers to general sex addiction, encompasses more than pornography.

If you feel that your porn consumption is becoming an issue, you can reach out to a therapist and express your concern that you might have an addiction, says Dr. McGee. The therapist may help you decide whether you could benefit from some counseling.

How do you know if you’ve crossed the line from porn use to porn addiction?

“For porn addiction, you have to spend time using porn in a way that causes harm,” says Michael McGee, MD, staff psychiatrist at Atascadero State Hospital in San Luis Obispo, California. “And it is highly individual as to whether a person feels harmed by it.” For example, one person may look at porn and masturbate and not feel guilty, ashamed, or unable to stop himself. But individuals who believe that masturbation is a sin could be adversely affected by the guilt and the shame they feel when they do the same thing, says Dr. McGee.

“If the person has guilt and shame over what they are doing, then it may be a harmful addiction,” he says. Someone else may take a more liberal outlook, he says, and feel that their actions are not hurting anyone and not harming their relationship.

Excessive pornography consumption could actually hurt a couple’s sexual relationship, Dr. McGee says. “If you expect your partner to be like these beautiful people or for sex to be like what is in the movies, then you begin to want and expect that—and this can harm your relationship,” he says.

How do you manage a porn addiction?

“The biggest thing to do is limit access,” says Michael McGee, MD, staff psychiatrist at Atascadero State Hospital in San Luis Obispo, California. “Just as if there were someone in your house with an alcohol problem, you would get rid of the alcohol.” This can be challenging to do in the case of pornography, however; it is so easily accessible and anonymous, says Dr. McGee, that it is hard to limit your access to it.

Talking with a mental health professional can also help. “If you are feeling insecure and don’t know how to have a lasting relationship, getting help in therapy and dealing with the underlying issues is critical,” Dr. McGee says.

Where can you get help for a porn addiction?

You could consult with a sex therapist who specializes in sexual disorders, suggests Michael McGee, MD, staff psychiatrist at Atascadero State Hospital in San Luis Obispo, California. He also advises reaching out to the nonprofit groups Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous and Sex Addicts Anonymous.

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Last Updated: Aug 4, 2021