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Porn: Harmless Diversion or Crippling Addiction?

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In an alarming cover story, TIME magazine is warning Americans about a new epidemic that’s devastating adolescent and young-adult males, and that’s the spread of pornography addiction.

Because the internet is flooded with free porn, and young men can access it on many mobile devices in total privacy, this destructive habit is poisoning the intimate lives of American men and even undermining their ability to enjoy normal sexuality in marriage.

As with other addictions, the victims often feel powerless to resist graphic and exploitative material, spending more and more time in its consumption and demanding ever more shocking excesses to get the same thrill. Studies show that most males get their first porn exposure between the ages of 11 and 13, and more than one-fifth of all Google searches reportedly involve hard-core pornography.

Fathers need to do more to protect their children – and themselves – from this ruinous indulgence.

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  1. troon62  •  Apr 8, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I know firsthand of a handful of decades-long marriages being destroyed by the husband's immersion in online porn. Clearly, the widespread availability of even the worst hard core porn is doing serious harm to all sorts of people from all socio-economic levels.

  2. Uconn2014!  •  Apr 10, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Porn is from a spiritual point of view idolatry. We should protect ourselves and our children from this evil.

    • Christopher  •  Apr 14, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      I think you meant adultery…

  3. The Cross Divider  •  Apr 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

    The wouldas, shouldas, and couldas of life (law) never free from sin. Only knowing and walking in and by Christ frees us.

  4. UnMormon  •  Apr 20, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Utah just declared a "porn emergency". According to the biggest newspaper in the state, Utah ranks #1 in paid online porn subscriptions. Why is the most culturally conservative state in the Union where the Mormon church exercises tremendous influence on civil & criminal matters having such a problem? Is the state not " religious " enough? Mormonism is the de facto state religion.

  5. Raymond Tompkins  •  Apr 25, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    You spoke about suicide today. We had a neighbor, a wonderful man, who became very depressed. He saw a psychiatrist who prescribed a drug for him. The drug had terrible side effects, which the psychiatrist disregarded. Our neighbor was in his early 60's, retired, building a house, and he and his wife were raising 3 grand children plus 2 of his own children still lived at home. The medication was more than he could handle. He hung himself in the garage he was building, leaving his wife to finish raising 5 children. Unfortunately psychiatrists are not always careful about watching their patients. We had another experience: a granddaughter was bipolar, and under the care of a psychiatrist. She was on a terrible prescribed drug causing her weight to drop from about 115 to 90 pounds. We intervened, saving her life by consultation with a pharmacist who informed us that the drug was a disaster, get her off of it. She is doing very well now, is married, and has 3 children.

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