The Emperor Has No Clothes: A Fractured Fairytale Posing As A Review (2014)

I provide 2 updated “Reality Checks” before we get to the 2014 critique. Reality check#1: Neurological & epidemiological studies that refute nearly every claim in Ley et al., 2014: Porn/sex addiction? This page lists over 50 neuroscience-based studies (MRI, fMRI, EEG, neuropsychological, hormonal). They provide strong support for the addiction model as their findings mirror […]

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Cambridge University: Brain scans find evidence consistent with addiction

UPDATE: Its been published. See – Cambridge University: Brain scans find porn addiction. Pornography addiction leads to same brain activity as alcoholism or drug abuse, study shows Cambridge University scientists reveal changes in brain for compulsive porn users which don’t occur in those with no such habit People who are addicted to pornography show similar […]

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Critique of “No Evidence of Emotion Dysregulation in Hypersexuals Reporting Their Emotions to a Sexual Film” (Prause et al., 2013)

Nicole Prause porn study obscures results with study title Results in a study by Nicole Prause’s SPAN Lab entitled, “No Evidence of Emotion Dysregulation in “Hypersexuals” Reporting Their Emotions to a Sexual Film,” align with what some ex-porn users are reporting. Namely, that porn curtailed their emotional range. This study reported less emotional response to […]

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Unpublished Porn Study by SPAN Lab Finds Porn Is Arousing (March, 2013)

YBOP COMMENTS: Below are (1) David Ley’s original Psychology Today blog post about a Nicole Prause yet to be published EEG study, and, (2) Gary Wilson’s Psychology Today blog post responding to it (published March 7th, 2013). Under Wilson’s post are the comments as they originally appeared, including an exchange between Wilson and Prause. (Ley’s […]

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Porn-induced ED: Empirical Evidence (for “skeptics”)

Porn-induced ED is a relatively recent phenomenon, but there is now a strong scientific literature exploring how it came to exist and what can be done to treat it. Introduction Studies assessing young male sexuality since 2010 report historic levels of sexual dysfunctions, and startling rates of a new scourge: low libido. Documented in this […]

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The Porn Debate

In essence all YBOP’s articles can be classified as debate for the existence of Internet porn addiction and porn-induced problems. However, the following articles were written as a response to Psychology Today blog posts, questionable studies or as updates on the relevant advances in addiction medicine. Also see – Questionable & Misleading Studies Gary Wilson […]

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How can we bring the problem of porn addiction into the mainstream? (2012)

  Ex-porn user outlines the challenge of explaining porn’s genuine risks As the hard, cold physical reality of Internet porn addiction grips more viewers, and they struggle through the distress of withdrawal, they are asking why the mechanics and risks of Internet porn addiction aren’t more evident in mainstream advice. Below, I reproduce the insights […]

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Educating Your Therapist

Getting help for issues related to excessive porn use is a fine idea. However, many therapists have no conception of how addictive today’s hyperstimulating Internet porn is. Many were trained when static, softcore Playboy was porn, and before the recent brain science that is helping to explain the close parallels between extremely stimulating substances and […]

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There are no scientific studies that say porn is addictive, right?

This FAQ is now obsolete as the world’s most widely used medical diagnostic manual, The International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), contains a new diagnosis suitable for porn addiction and cybersex addiction: “Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder.” The current state of the scientific research supports the existence of porn addiction and porn-induced sexual dysfunctions. For example, a […]

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