Pornography is a billion-dollar-a-year industry, making it clear that thousands of people use pornography every day and for many reasons. It’s very popular with many people.
On a weekly basis in clinical practice, I meet couples with relationship problems because pornography has taken over and robbed them of their intimacy and overall love life. Take a look at some important recent statistics below:
-- Every second, $3, 075 is spent on porn.
-- Every second, 28, 258 internet users are viewing porn.
-- Every second, 372 internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines.
-- Every 39 minutes, a new porn video is being created in the U.S.
Many people argue that an addiction to pornography does exist. It affects many military families like the one who wrote in this week.
A pornography addiction is defined as a craving for pornography characterized by compulsive viewing, reading and thinking about pornography and sexual themes -- even though this behavior causes problems in many areas of your life.
I can almost hear some of you saying, “But Ms. Vicki, I don’t have a problem with porn!” Well take the Quick Quiz. If you answer yes to any question, you may have a problem with pornography.
Again, if you answered yes to any question, this can be an indication that pornography is a problem for you. I highly recommend you speak to a professional. Ask to speak with someone off the record. They will advise you on how to proceed and get help.
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Ms. Vicki is a native of Dallas, has been the Dear Abby for the military community since her column began in 2005. A licensed therapist and licensed clinical social worker, Ms. Vicki holds a Master of Science in social work and a Master of Arts in clinical psychology.
Ms. Vicki appears regularly on Military.com and in the Fort Campbell Courier. Her column has also appeared in the Washington (D.C.) Times and in the Heidelberg (Germany) Post Herald. She has been featured on CNN, CBS, ABC and NBC.