This presentation was given at the 2016 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit in Houston, TX, hosted by The National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Details on the CESE Summit at EndExploitationSummit.com/
The American Society of Addiction Medicine states that addiction is a singular disorder—no matter the chemical or behavioral object of the addiction—that manifests a specific set of signs and symptoms including tolerance, escalation, strong cravings, impaired impulse control, and reduced emotional, social, and/or professional wellbeing. We will explore current evidence demonstrating how compulsive Internet porn use neurologically alters its users in order to bring about those very effects, as well as the symptoms specific to porn addiction, such as porn-induced erectile dysfunction, lowered sexual desire for real partners, partnered anorgasmia, and more. We will also discuss recent data demonstrating how common both porn use and porn-induced sexual dysfunctions have become in the Internet age, given easy access to free content of unlimited variety.
As a member of the first generation to grow up with Internet in the home, Noah B.E. Church started using Internet porn by age 9, and by the time he was a teenager had developed what is now known as porn-induced erectile dysfunction. It was only after learning about the science of porn addiction at age 24 that he realized how harmful his porn habit had become to his life and relationships, and he quit. Over time his PIED was completely reversed, and he received a myriad of unexpected benefits including increased self-esteem, greater ambition, a resurgence of emotional sensitivity, and better ability to connect with others. After experiencing adult life free of porn’s influence for the first time, Noah decided to help provide answers and guidance to others suffering with porn addiction and porn-induced problems. He is now a public speaker, runs AddictedToInternetPorn.com, and is the author of Wack: Addicted to Internet Porn.