Shame Makes Religious People More Vulnerable to Porn Addiction

Shame Makes Religious People More Vulnerable to Porn Addiction

Written on April 14th, 2016 in Stories by Anthony Spencer

When is that exact moment when just once in a while viewing turns to an addiction to porn? For religious consumers, that time may happen much easier than for those who are nonreligious.

Many religions find porn to be distasteful and advise their followers to avoid consuming pornography. However, there are plenty of people in anti-porn religions who partake. For the devout, this sets up cognitive dissonance in the mind.

“Its use could be a source of increasing tension, shame, and cognitive dissonance among religious spouses and parents, influencing them to disengage from religious interaction due to shame and scrupulousness, or perhaps just be too preoccupied with their pornography habit to interact with others,” researcher Samuel Perry from the University of Oklahoma states.

They like porn and want to look at it, but they know and understand that it’s wrong. Pornography addiction is also something which is hard to talk about with spiritual leaders. Paradoxically, this feeling can cause desire for the object to intensify. Many porn users report that deeper-seated issues were actually driving the porn addiction. Until they stopped using porn, however, they couldn’t reveal the true problem.

Is there a correlation between porn watching, porn addiction, and the levels of happiness that people have? Maybe. One study said that those with the lowest levels of happiness were people who watched X-rated movies and didn’t attend church on a regular basis.

X3Watch isn’t going to enter into any religious debates. That’s not our place. We do, however, want to help people who believe that they have an addiction to porn. Our monthly plan blocks pornography and adds accountability to site-visiting habits. We believe that accountability is the way to curb that porn addiction and become more content.