Peer-reviewed critiques of Steele et al., 2013

Background: Steele et al., 2013 and David Ley’s “Your Brain on Porn – It’s NOT Addictive“. On March 6th, 2013 David Ley and study spokesperson Nicole Prause teamed up to write a Psychology Today blog post about Steele et al., 2013 called “Your Brain on Porn – It’s NOT Addictive“. Its oh-so-catchy title is misleading […]

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Addressing unsupported claims, personal attacks and defamation by Daniel A. Burgess, LMFT (Feb-March, 2018)

INTRODUCTION: Burgess claims victimhood, yet he initiated all contact (Facebook, Twitter), posting numerous defamatory comments, and eventually infringing on YBOP’s trademark by creating “www.realyourbrainonporn.com.” Prior to February, 2018 I had never heard of Daniel Burgess LMFT. Suddenly, out of nowhere Mr. Burgess (@BurgessTherapy) employed multiple social media platforms to attack me and YBOP. Burgess’s targeted […]

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Pornography Thoughts (2018)

This page is divided into two sections: 1) Studies providing support for porn addiction, porn-induced sexual dysfunctions, and multiple negative outcomes associated with porn use. 2) Critiques of questionable & misleading studies; debunking propaganda pieces SECTION 1: Support for  porn addiction, porn-induced sexual dysfunctions, and multiple negative outcomes associated with porn use. The preponderance of […]

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Brain Studies on Porn Users & Sex Addicts

This page contains two lists (1) neuroscience-based commentaries & reviews of the literature, and, (2) neurological studies assessing the brain structure and functioning of Internet porn users and sex/porn addicts (Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder). To date, all but one of the 57 neurological studies published offers support for the addiction model (no studies falsify the […]

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Sexual Arousal and Sexually Explicit Media (SEM): Comparing Patterns of Sexual Arousal to SEM and Sexual Self-Evaluations and Satisfaction Across Gender and Sexual Orientation (2017)

COMMENTS: In this study, participants were asked about their sexual arousal related to 27 genres (themes) of porn. Why the researchers chose these 27 particular genres is known only to them. How the authors determined which genres were “mainstream” which were “non-mainstream” also remains a mystery given their seemingly random categorization (more below). No matter, […]

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Dismantling the “group position” paper opposing porn and sex addiction (November, 2017)

Introduction In early November, 2017 three non-profit kink organizations (Center for Positive Sexuality, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, and The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance) released a group position paper “opposing the addiction model in relation to frequent sexual behavior and pornography viewing.” The groups’ press release, Position statement opposing sex/porn addiction model, explained their […]

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How to recognize biased articles: They cite Prause et al., 2015 (falsely claiming it debunks porn addiction), while omitting over 50 neurological studies supporting porn addiction

Introduction A number of articles and interviews have attempted to push-back at the TIME article (“Porn and the Threat to Virility”) and the Utah resolution declaring internet porn a public health problem. What might be a few “dead giveaways” that such an article is nothing more than a propaganda piece? Psychologists David Ley and/or Nicole […]

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