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Study: If Your Girlfriend Thinks You’re A Porn Addict, You Are In Trouble

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People who think they’re addicted to pornography may have trouble maintaining romantic relationships, according to a new study from Brigham Young University (BYU).

The study, which tracked 350 men and 336 women all of whom were unmarried, found that porn viewing was linked to heightened anxiety about romantic relationships. Anxiety was worse if the individual believed themselves to be addicted to porn.

Additionally, the study found romantic anxiety was closely linked to how religious the person was.

Researchers warned addiction relationship anxiety could trigger a downward spiral of behavior in individuals where watching porn replaces building real relationships.

“Several studies provide evidence that pornography is not harmless,” Dr. Nathan D. Leonhardt, a professor at BYU who was involved in the research, told PsyPost. “Basically, those that believe themselves to have a problem with pornography start to believe they are undesirable as a romantic partner, or ‘damaged goods’ in the dating market.”

Self-identified pornography addicts were more likely to agree with statements like “I feel unworthy to go on dates because of my pornography use” or “I have withheld details about my pornography use because I am afraid my partner will react negatively.”

“Ironically, if they actually have a problem controlling pornography use and are trying to stop, this isolation and secrecy are some of the most counterproductive ways to stop uncontrollable use,” Leonhardt said.

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