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How Porn Affects Your Life in 5 Ways

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Most people are aware that watching porn is a super common thing to do. In fact, it’s one of the most popular internet searches. But what many people don’t realize is the extent to which porn effects your life in five different ways. First, let's talk about the obvious: Looking at pornography doesn’t make you a bad person. Everyone does things they feel aren’t right for them or that aren’t good for them. The key is knowing when to put those thoughts and actions into perspective, as well as recognizing when you need help breaking old patterns and habits as well as finding healthy outlets for your emotions so that you don’t repeat unhealthy habits or become trapped in an addiction (like compulsive pornography viewing).

Porn Creates unrealistic expectations

Like any other media, pornography creates unrealistic expectations of how things are supposed to be. If you’re watching a ton of lesbian porn, you’re going to expect lesbian sex to look and feel a certain way. If you’re watching a ton of anal porn, you may expect that all sex should be of the anal variety. And in reality, of course, that is quite unrealistic. Sex is not the same between partners. What one person may love, another may find completely unbearable. And not everyone is into the same things. Whether you’re in a monogamous relationship or dating around, it’s important to remember that partners are different. People aren’t always going to have the same sexual interests as you, and you can’t expect them to be into the same things you are.

It complicates relationships

The same unrealistic expectations that come with watching porn can come into play when you watch your partner watch porn. You may begin to expect things to happen in your relationship that a regular, non-pornographic relationship may not include. Similarly, you may begin to expect things to be different in your relationship because your partner watches porn. This can get really tricky, especially if one partner is into porn and the other isn’t. This can create tension, conflict and even resentment.

It can make you feel less worthy of love and affection

When you find yourself watching porn more often than you’d like, you may begin to feel less worthy of love and affection. This is because porn is almost never about someone being worthy of affection, love, or even respect. It’s almost always about people being seen and performed as objects instead of people. This can create insecurities and make you feel like you need to watch more porn to feel good about yourself.

It makes it more difficult to trust people and build friendships

When you’re constantly checking yourself before you even talk to someone, you may be more guarded and reluctant to let others into your life. You may also find that you’re less inclined to talk to people you know or are even friendly with because you don’t want them to know you watch porn. You may also find that you’re less inclined to let others into your life because you don’t want them to know you watch porn. And if you’re not building new friendships or letting go of ones you have, you’re likely not experiencing much social life at all. At some point, you may even begin to feel like you can’t trust the people you do have in your life because they may find out.

It perpetuates depression and anxiety

Many people associate watching porn with feeling better about themselves and feeling more confident. However, this is actually one of the biggest problems with it. Porn is almost always about showing a certain type of person who wears certain types of clothes and has a certain amount of sex and money. But that’s not how life works. Life doesn’t always put stars on top of buildings. And most people don’t live the lives of the people in porn. The result is that watching porn can create a false sense of confidence and self worth. It can also perpetuate depression and anxiety.

Conclusion

Understanding how porn affects your life on a deeper level helps you recognize when you’re feeling detached or upset and you can be more aware of your feelings and how they’re affecting your life. It also gives you tools that can help you break the cycle of unhealthy behavior, including taking time for self care, getting help for any underlying issues, and seeking out new, positive outlets for your emotions. If you’re struggling with porn or want to better understand how it affects your life, there are many resources available. It’s important to remember that you aren’t alone and that you don’t have to deal with this on your own.

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