[Update. August 2014. Gary Wilson’s new book on pornography addiction is now out! See the cover to the left.]
Today I heard a troubling discussion of the phenomenon of Internet pornography addiction amongst youngsters. Anecdotal evidence suggests that this may be widespread. In the public interest I have converted the relevant part of the BBC Radio 4 programme (Broadcasting House) into an mp3 and => made it available to you <=. I hope this won’t upset the BBC!
Once you have listened to it, I suggest you visit Gary Wilson’s excellent website, YourBrainOnPorn.com to learn more about the prevalence, psychology and brain chemistry of Internet pornography addiction, a phenomenon which may well be a major contribution to the popularity of Viagra and Cialis: needing increasingly “harder” sights to turn them on, porn addicts may no longer be aroused by “ordinary” sex. And here’s an interesting article on Wired.com.
Incidentally, this is one of the few forms of addiction not specifically mentioned in Bruce K. Alexander’s terrific book on addictions and their causation.