Internet pornography was the first big internet safety topic to make news, and it has remained largely out of favor among the popular press ever since. The societal costs of pornography are staggering. The financial cost to business productivity in the U. According to Patrick F. Fagan, Ph. Pornography hurts adults, children, couples, families, and society.
Internet Pornography by the Numbers: A Significant Threat to Society | Webroot
Many recognize that several behaviors potentially affecting the reward circuitry in human brains lead to a loss of control and other symptoms of addiction in at least some individuals. Regarding Internet addiction, neuroscientific research supports the assumption that underlying neural processes are similar to substance addiction. The American Psychiatric Association APA has recognized one such Internet related behavior, Internet gaming, as a potential addictive disorder warranting further study, in the revision of their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Other Internet related behaviors, e. Within this review, we give a summary of the concepts proposed underlying addiction and give an overview about neuroscientific studies on Internet addiction and Internet gaming disorder. Moreover, we reviewed available neuroscientific literature on Internet pornography addiction and connect the results to the addiction model.
Internet Pornography by the Numbers; A Significant Threat to Society
Adolescent Internet pornography viewing has been significantly increased in the last decade with research highlighting its association with Internet addiction IA. However, there is little longitudinal data on this topic, particularly in relation to peer context effects. This study aimed to examine age- and context-related variations in the Internet pornography—IA association. A total of adolescents, from 34 classrooms, were assessed at 16 years and then at 18 years to examine the effect of Internet pornography preference on IA in relation to the classroom context.
Internet pornography is any pornography that is accessible over the internet , primarily via websites , peer-to-peer file sharing , or Usenet newsgroups. The availability of widespread public access to the World Wide Web in late s led to the growth of internet pornography. A study finds "a big jump"  in pornography viewing over the past few decades, with the largest increase occurring between people born in the s and those born in the s. While the study's authors note this increase is "smaller than conventional wisdom might predict," it's still quite significant.