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MacTx:
I’m a partner of a long term pornography user and he’s said he will stop watching porn.  But that got me to thinking.  What all does that entail? To me it’s not just porn videos.  It’s cam sites, subreddits that are sexual in nature, chat rooms, exchanging of photos or videos, “lifestyle, fashion, travel, exercise “ accounts on Instagram that are frequently barely clothed.
I guess overall in my mind I’m defining porn as any content on any platform or app that is sexual in nature?
I’m curious of others thoughts on this though.
Thanks!

Sanders:
I'd just say masturbating to any artificial stimulation. Whatever videos, pictures, websites, blogs or anything someone uses to masturbate themselves to I'd consider part of the porn addiction. There's quite some information about YourBrainOnPorn if you haven't read it already, I'd advise to read through the website and get some info to understand what it does within the person. Just the action of masturbating 'towards' content lights up the same parts in your brain and therefore should be avoided.

Fappy:
jerking off, or fingering etc if youre a woman, to anything atrificial could be considered "porn", though not in the traditional sense of pixels on a screen. anything that isnt a living human being whom you have feelings of affection toward (not counting prostitutes, lets not even go into that), that one masturbates to is damaging.
using artificial stimuli to get an orgasm and perhaps more importantly SEEKING after such stimuli makes it pornigraphic.

Cyberian:
I agree with Fappy, it is the actively 'seeking' component that is of concern.  This seeking behaviour can affect our reward circuitry and lead to a loss of control.  This all reinforces the reward, motivation and memory circuitry.  Dopamine pathways having been created and reinforced leads the addict vulnerable to cue and stress induced seeking out.  Hence the great chance of relapse, as one may assume that life will throw things at you that will stress you out, challenge you.  As an addict, it will be difficult to resist all things pornographic by nature.

Fappy:

--- Quote from: Cyberian on August 26, 2020, 11:30:45 AM ---I agree with Fappy, it is the actively 'seeking' component that is of concern.  This seeking behaviour can affect our reward circuitry and lead to a loss of control.  This all reinforces the reward, motivation and memory circuitry.  Dopamine pathways having been created and reinforced leads the addict vulnerable to cue and stress induced seeking out.  Hence the great chance of relapse, as one may assume that life will throw things at you that will stress you out, challenge you.  As an addict, it will be difficult to resist all things pornographic by nature.

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Word.
I have heard, and can beleive it, that more dopamine is relased through the seeking phase than through the wanking phase. So we could call it SPMO: Seeking, Porn, Masturbation, Orgasm.
Back in the day i would spend hours just looking for the right video, then itd all be over in a minute or two. What an absolute waste!

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