Why do people get addicted to porn?

I seriously would like someone to try to explain it to me. I just don't understand. I have watched porn here and there, but the vast majority of it is actually really annoying and not realistic. What makes a person get hooked on it to a point of being unable to go without it?

Watching it sometimes is one thing, and I have friends who do, but literally being addicted to it is hard for me to grasp.

Why do people get addicted to porn?
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  • Well first because a lot of especially younger guys are not having sex.. And when the culture is saturated with toxic sexuality then you get all these horny guys looking to get a release. Porn is an easy dopamine fix.. It's a bit worse than drugs especially since it's not seen as harmful and people encourage it.. The brain is being rewired and fooled into thinking your getting all these women you find sexy, and the easy high from it does wonders.. Plus there's "amateur porn" which I guess gives a more realistic view.. Not to mention you can see everything in 4k now.. It's crazy..

  • Porn is more addictive to men than to women. This is not to say women cannot be addicted to porn or negatively influenced by porn if they are not addicted. For men, who tend to be more stimulated visually, porn appeals to an evolutionary drive for sexual success. It’s fake, it’s unrealistic, but it works on that vulnerability.

  • Anyone can get addicted to anything. Ig when you're so horny, p0rn dominates your brain into wanting more. Kinda like how people who love sugar get addicted to sweets.

  • Because they are fucking lonely and the world is taking advantage.

  • It’s a convenience thing. Porn provides physical and psychological pleasure without any of the messiness with trying to have a real relationship with someone.

  • When there was no internet, i was drawing cartoons of people fucking and masturbate over it. Does that count as porn?

  • It's like any other addiction. An addiction works by being the fix one needs for a certain need.
    For example, with porn, they're starved of sexual activity and they turn to porn to fill that need. The person might probably find watching porn to be easier than finding a partner or maintaining a relationship for sex. Thus they fall into it harder. Eventually that grows into a dependence where they need porn for sexual gratification. Thus it becomes an addiction.

  • My assumption is that they have no one to have sex with, so they watch other people do it, feel good, get off, and the cycle repeats itself over and over and over until it slowly, but surely becomes an addiction

    • This is correct.

    • 1000000% correct. This is exactly what has happened with me. And now I'm so addicted to porn, I need to watch porn for the whole day, and even when I try to sleep porn doesn't get out of my mind and I can't sleep.

    • Can you please dm? I wanna talk

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  • Dopamine.

    • Bullseye.

    • yep...

  • It's hard to grasp things which you don't experience and that's totally normal. Forget about the subject being porn because the real subject you're not understanding is addiction. A real addiction is sometimes not understandable to folks that don't possess this trait. When I was younger I did not believe in addiction. Like just stop smoking I'd say to friends and family but it just doesn't work that way.

    Point is you don't have to understand any addiction first hand. It just is an unfortunate thing for some people that is real and can be detrimental.

    • You really hit the nails with this, it's not porn, it's addiction you need to understand. And how it works with stress release. I can release stress playing candy crush too

    • @Derrimar I'm excited to hear your reply. I usually hit my thumb instead of the nail! There's hope for us all !

  • That's like asking, "Why do people get addicted to sleep?" Porn is healthy, fun and refreshing. :P

  • I think it just fantasy seeing beautiful woman and men even with some have had plastic surgery having sex and they just wish it was like that in real life.

  • I used to watch porn a lot when I was in my 20's. It was just the fantasy of wanting something that I couldn't have in real life. Now that I gotten older I don't need the urge for watching porn as much as when I had an addiction and needed to masturbate every day.

  • Dopamine High. People just love the art of sexual and adult content. Its an area where lust of a beautiful women or man is perfectly normal where as in normalized society it is completely forbidden.

    • I like to watch porn where the are ugly girls, specially if they look horny

  • You get a dopamine release. Same reason why people get addicted to most things. Our brains evolved to keep humans alive and reproducing. Evolution doesn't evolve as fast as technology. Seeing something sexually arousing historically would mean we were about to pass on our DNA so our brains chemically rewards that behavior.

    • I might understand it if porn was actually good though.

  • It’s a replacement for intimacy and it’s much easier to get than the real thing.

  • I just Jack off and forget about it. I don't find it to be an addiction. Would be very boring to constantly watch porn.

    • When I was in my mid 20s I was exploring porn, which is how I became familiar with a lot of its themes, but after awhile it definitely did get boring. And it was like, once you see one, you've seen them all. There's very little that's new or truly intriguing about most porn vids, even for the kinks I'm into. 99% of it is not only boring but really disappointing.

    • Fr lol I wish I had the same feeling I had for it when I was younger that's what it is boring now hahaha

  • "actually really annoying and not realistic" don't understand this at all. Not sure about the annoying never heard that. And I've heard it's not realistic before but how so? It seems very realistic to me personally.

    • It's the positions, particularly that really stupid doggy style variation where the guy is like hitting her from the back but they’re on their sides. And even the way the sex plays out in all these positions is not realistic. Most people will do one or two acts during sex, like starting with oral and then finishing with regular sex. Or they will just do one thing to the end. Plus the annoying moans from the women aren’t very real either.

    • "Most people will..." I agree to that but many people have sex just like porn. There's certainly no reason you can't.

  • Those who do not have a sex life are trying to get satisfaction by watching porn, that's all. those who have never had a sex life may be exaggerating watching porn

  • You can become addicted to anything even sex. The key is to do anything in moderation.

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