By Dan Garner, LMHCA
Since the late 90’s experts have recognized that pornography has made a radical shift. Whereas before pornography was only an issue if you had moral or social complaints against it, today pornography use has become a problematic mental health concern for individuals, famillies, churches and the work place. This is due to what experts call the “Triple A Engine” of internet pornography which refers to the fact that the internet has made pornography more affordable, accessible and anonymous than ever before. This Triple A Engine has made pornography far more addictive and far more dangerous than it has ever been.
Affordable: Most pornography that people use online is completely free; you don’t even need a log-in. Pornography producers make money by selling ad-space and trading material between themselves. It’s a complicated business but they make a LOT of money so it’s worth it to them to offer the product free so that they can keep people hooked into their business. Sadly, children are usually the ones that suffer most from the cheap access to pornography online.
Accessible: In the past if a person wanted to get pornography they had to dig through their dad’s closet, find it on the side of the street or make a special trip into the seedy part of town to get it. Today, pornography is accessible at the click of a button in the convenience of your own home. Natural barriers standing between us and the world of pornography have been removed and in many instances pornography is now intruding into our lives whether we invite it or not. Again, children are the most vulnerable to these intrusions and have very little ability to say no once they’ve been exposed.
Anonymous: That trip to the seedy part of town also required looking the guy behind the counter in the eye while you asked for the magazine and paid for it; that opened you up to a lot of soul searching while you were in the process of getting ahold of this stuff. Not to mention that you also needed to have an excuse for going there and had to keep an eye for anyone watching me. The internet has made pornography use completely private! While this may seem like a good thing the secrecy and taboo involved with private pornography use is the lifeblood of addiction and feeds into avoidant/shame based behaviors, beliefs and feelings.
If you are struggling with pornography use or are concerned that a loved one is then you should take action now. The internet has changed the game and to keep yourself safe takes much more effort. To learn more, visit the links below and do not hesitate to contact us with whatever question or concerns you may have.
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