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It’s become much more common knowledge that pornography can get into your head and warp your brain. While many try to claim that porn is a harmless form of entertainment, it actually affects many just like a drug. However, did you know that it can affect not only how you view yourself, but how you view your partner as well?

And the devastation doesn’t end there. It can even impact your current and future relationships. And we don’t just mean friendships! This impacts your sexual performance, body image, intimacy, perceptions of sex, and so much more.

porn addiction2Having a sex life is healthy, using porn as a comparison is not.

Sex is an amazing and fundamental part of any loving, lasting relationship. It’s a way you can physically connect with the person you love most, and that sort of bonding can be an absolutely freeing experience. It only gets better for everyone when you aren’t worried about being self-conscious. You can enjoy sex with you partner as you both are, just the two of you in love.

Porn can take this beautiful, intimate act and turn it into a loveless performance. When you try to reenact or replicate something you’ve seen in a porno, you’re no longer connecting with your partner – you’re just trying to “get off”.

So much less emotional bonding happens when you treat sex like a porno. It doesn’t imply commitment or love. It doesn’t include loving, passionate kisses, or comfortable cuddling.

Possibly the worst part is that you start to see your partner as less than. Sure, they’re attractive, but they’re not porno hot. This leads to insecurities on your partner’s part.

Maybe you start needing to watch porn with your partner to stay interested or finish. You may even end up suggesting that the two of you watch porn together, which will only make insecurities worse.

But porn doesn’t just affect how you see your partner. It also affects how you see yourself.

Watching Porn Can Damage Existing Relationships & Prevent New Ones2Suddenly you aren’t as attractive as you thought you were. Suddenly your body seems inadequate. You may even start to wonder if your partner is truly interested in you.

Of course, no one really wants to be compared to others anyway, but it can be especially upsetting when you’re being compared to porn actors. Just look at the how, with the increase of pornos being watched, there has been an increase in women getting plastic surgery. And now, men are as well.

To make matters worse, when a woman is feeling down and insecure and is exposed to porn, they tend to engage in behaviors that make them feel very uncomfortable and are more likely to allow degrading behaviors and sexual violence!

But porn doesn’t just affect women. Men get insecure, too. If you think that watching a porno will make a man cool, or help him to feel more sexy or manly, you are dead wrong.

Both gay and straight men who watch porn were found to consider their bodies “dissatisfying”. In straight men, watching porn led to anxiety about body issues, and many gay men had higher odds of developing eating disorders.

It’s so important that you choose love over pornography. When you do, you tell your partner that you love them just as they are. You also love yourself for who and how you are. Building up a relationship with someone who loves you and wants to share their life with you is so much more important that temporary gratification.

If you’re already a convert and want to help out, share our message. And remember, condemn the porno not the viewer!