Questionable & Misleading Studies

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bogusThis section of the site collects studies about which YBOP and others have reservations. In some, the methodology raises concerns. In others, the conclusions appear inadequately supported. In others, the title or terminology used is misleading given the actual study results. Some grossly misrepresent the real findings. For most papers, clicking on a study title takes you directly to an analysis of it. In the analysis you will find links to the original papers. Three papers below are followed by several numbered critiques.

In response to proliferation of biased articles in the press YBOP wrote this: How to recognize biased articles: They cite Prause et al. 2015 (falsely claiming it debunks porn addiction), while omitting over 3 dozen neurological studies supporting porn addiction (April, 2016). If you are looking for studies relevant to Internet porn use visit this page. If you want a simple video addressing many of the myths propagated by researchers or bloggers see: (Video) PORN MYTHS - The Truth Behind Addiction And Sexual Dysfunctions, by Gabe Deem. The following talks were presented at the 2018 NCOSE conference:

  1. "People Recognize Porn-Science Propaganda When They See It" by Jacob Hess - An overview of tactics employed by “astroturfers” who deny the possible negative effcets of porn use.
  2. Gary Wilson - Porn Research: Fact or Fiction? - Wilson exposes the truth behind 5 studies propagandists cite (all listed below) to support their claims that porn addiction doesn't exist or that porn use is largely beneficial.

  1. Peer-reviewed critique: ‘High Desire’, or ‘Merely’ An Addiction? A Response to Steele et al. (2014) by Donald L. Hilton, Jr., MD.
  2. Peer-reviewed critique: "Neuroscience of Internet Pornography Addiction: A Review and Update" (2015)
  3. Peer-reviewed analysis: "Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals with and without Compulsive Sexual Behaviours" (2014)
  4. Peer-reviewed: "Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review with Clinical Reports" (2016)
  5. Peer-reviewed analysis: "Conscious and Non-Conscious Measures of Emotion: Do They Vary with Frequency of Pornography Use?" (2017)
  6. YBOP analysis - A critique of "Steele et al., 2013": The study's EEG findings support the porn addiction model.
  7. Misinformed Media Touts Bogus Sex Addiction Study, (2013) by Robert Weiss, LCSW & Stefanie Carnes PhD
  8. Don’t Call it Hypersexuality: Why we Need the Term Sex Addiction, (2013) by Linda Hatch, PhD
  9. The Bogus Sex Addiction “Controversy” and the Purveyors of Ignorance (2014) by Linda Hatch, PhD
  10. Studies falsify the claim that sex & porn addicts "just have high sexual desire"
  1. YBOP Critique of "Modulation of Late Positive Potentials by Sexual Images in Problem Users and Controls Inconsistent with 'Porn Addiction' (Prause et al., 2015)"
  2. Peer-reviewed critique: Decreased LPP for sexual images in problematic pornography users may be consistent with addiction models. Everything depends on the model (2016)
  3. Peer-reviewed critique: Neuroscience of Internet Pornography Addiction: A Review and Update (2015)
  4. Peer-reviewed: Neurobiology of Compulsive Sexual Behavior: Emerging Science (2016)
  5. Peer-reviewed: Should compulsive sexual behavior be considered an addiction? (2016)
  6. Peer-reviewed: Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review with Clinical Reports (2016)
  7. Peer-reviewed: Conscious and Non-Conscious Measures of Emotion: Do They Vary with Frequency of Pornography Use? (2017)




I have a question. Having this habit for the past 18 years but not exactly with high speed internet rather through TV or imagining women in day to day life, once or twice a day.

It started like this, whenever I felt horny, I would masturbate thinking that I'm letting out my suppressed desires so that I wont do anything wrong in a big way, that was years back and got addicted gradually....

After going through this site and getting convinced that I should quit fapping, have gone upto 28 days max in the past 4 months, my brain is trying to trick me saying that you should not suppress your desires and it is good to vent out my sexual urges. I know deep down that this shouldn't be right, but this thought keeps coming back to me, " Aint I suppressing my basic desires and wont it burst like some active volcano some day?"

YBOP is about Internet porn only, not masturbation, nor suppression of genuine desires. The stories have only one thing in common - giving up porn to see what effects it has had on their lives. Many guys continue to masturbate and just eliminate porn and porn-based fantasies during their reboot period.


I'm wondering what studies the author of this article is using as back up?
I personally dispute it from the off as I have had first hand experience of the negative effects of porn (and I saw it even before the internet as access to hardcore material from a young age can start the ball rolling re: the coolidge effect and escalating neeeds for stimuli); and do not doubt the endless accounts of rewiring that i have read of late.

....for the response; am gonna read it now.