Internet Porn Addiction = just a tiny part of Internet Addiction?

Discussion in 'Porn Addiction' started by RollerCoaster, Aug 23, 2020.

  1. RollerCoaster

    RollerCoaster Fapstronaut

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    After all those reboot attempts I realized that while I might manage to cut out P, M and O for a certain amount of time - sometimes longer, sometimes shorter - it does not change the total amout of time I am consuming different types of media on my computer and smartphone at all. This is very frustrating because I always thought that by starting with this it might have a positive impact on the rest of my life.

    The time that I would gain out of not watching internet pornography would just be converted to gaming, social media, video streaming etc.
    This makes me conclude that porn itself is just one pillar of my Internet/computer usage and the real addiction and behavior problem lies there.

    Porn is just a part of it that kind of stands out because we all do it secretly and it does involve shame.

    This insight is not completely new to me and certainly a lot of people in this community have had similar experiences but sometimes a reminder might be good, because people get too focus on their nofap streak alone and count days obsessively while not touching other parts of the addiction.
     
  2. OhWhenThe

    OhWhenThe Fapstronaut

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    I don't think it is in my case but of course everyone is different.

    I cut myself off from the internet for the best part of a month recently. Considering how much time I spend online I did think that I must be at least somewhat addicted but it turned out that I didn't miss it at all really, I still craved porn intensely though :/

    All the mindless surfing, browsing, chain watching youtube etc I just do because the current alternative is to pretty much do nothing. If I had a lot going on I think I could quite easily do without being online tbh. As I said though, things effect people differently. For example I used to gamble heavily, every day more or less for years, by all measures I should have been addicted but nope, one day I decided I couldn't be bothered with it anymore and that was it. Just because I managed to quit easily though doesn't mean I'm going to dismiss gambling addiction as an actual thing, just like how I wish people wouldn't dismiss porn addiction because they haven't experienced it or have managed to give it up relatively easily.
     
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  3. RollerCoaster

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    If you objectively compare being online to other things that "one could have going", rationally spoken the other things would always win. Learning new things, having a social live, being active in nature, do sports etc. leads to a more fulfilling life but has also higher hurdles and requires stepping out of your comfort zone, thus the weak, addicted brain choses the easier path.
     
  4. skaterdrew

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    In my opinion all those other internet addictions aren't anywhere near as bad as high speed internet porn addiction.

    Your right they are still bad though. I actually think most people are internet addicts these days.

    For my self I actually find staying off the internet relatively easy as long as I have something enjoyable to do outwith my home.

    I don't have a smart phone, so I am only on the internet when I am at home on my laptop. But yes when I am at home I spend the majority of my time on my laptop on the internet.

    The thing is I am mainly reading stuff or watching movies, tv shows, videos etc.

    Remember another thing with the internet is if you actually finish what your doing it's not as bad. So if you finish watching that entire movie, you finish watching that entire tv series episode, you finish reading that news story or what ever.

    It's when your constantly flicking about searching for something else that it's more harmful and addictive. One tab open watching something, another tab open reading something, flicking on to something else, searching something else, flicking back and forth between them all.

    This is the addictive and harmful side of the internet.

    But yes overall I think if most people got out a lot more and away from their computers and smart phones much more often it would do them the world of good.
     
  5. I have been cut off from the internet at times and it's a strange feeling but the intensity of cravings have never come close to those from porn for me.
     
  6. ElderStatesman

    ElderStatesman Fapstronaut

    My experience has been that porn is definitely in a class by itself. I do occasionally get caught up in some mindless surfing, seeking music on YouTube, etc. But there’s actually tons of great stuff online - news, books, magazines. Even pursuing a topic on Wikipedia can be very interesting. My latest is looking at this site a lot because it helps to hear others’ stories and is therapeutic for me to write stuff.

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  7. Summer Son

    Summer Son Fapstronaut

    Good question. In my opinion, porn has a different place from all the internet. But things like surfing mindlessly, social media stuffs can affects the brain. A lot of people's attention span is decreasing because of this day by day. Cal Newport mentions on his book and I really recommend it https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Minimalism-Choosing-Focused-Noisy/dp/0525536515

    In all internet, porn is the most potential negative effect. But in order to find a digital balance, you might want to organize your screen time.
     

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