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Myths about pornography

Pornography is an addiction that can enter your home for free, through your smart phone or iPad. Learn facts about pornography and its potential impact on you and your family.
Shannon Symonds, FamilyShare Modified: June 5, 2014 at 7:09 am •  Published: June 9, 2014
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There was a time in the United States that school children were taught that cigarette smoking didn't cause cancer. The tobacco industry profited from their parent's smoking while thousands died, according the Huffington Post. Now another industry profits from an addiction that can enter your home, free of charge, on your smartphone or iPad.

Flash forward to today and ABC News reports, "Pornography has grown into a $10 billion business — bigger than the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball combined — and some of the nation's best-known corporations are quietly sharing the profits." Motivation to continue to sell their product to you, your children, your spouse and anyone they can.

As a society there are several myths about pornography, collective beliefs that have been shared over the years. For example:

  • It is just a picture. It doesn't hurt anyone.
  • It is OK to look, but don't touch.
  • It doesn't change my relationship with my spouse.
  • Everyone looks at it, it is normal.

Take an honest look at the cost of pornography.

Pornography changes your brain.

Research shows that pornography impacts brain chemistry, function and possible size. For example, dopamine is a chemical released in our brains when we feel joy and pleasure. Yourbrainonporn.com's educational series explains, "Porn overstimulated your brain, and your brain changed. Being hooked on porn is due to the same brain changes that occur with all addictions. These brain changes are behind your cravings. They keep you coming back to porn — even if you want to quit."

Pornography changes marital relationships.

Dr. Julie Stattery in her article in Focusonthefamily.com explained, "After viewing material filled with perfectly shaped women doing wild and perverse acts, a man naturally may have difficulty becoming stimulated by his 40-year-old average-looking, reserved wife. In his clinical research, Dr. Victor Cline described this progression as "escalation." The brain's chemical reaction to pornography reinforces this.