Do you think someone you know might be addicted to porn, or that you may yourself be addicted to porn?

You will be surprised when you see this list of signs to help you identify porn addicts.

More about that below…

One big problem with porn addiction is that most people don’t understand what porn addiction means.

Watching porn doesn’t make a person a porn addict, but people think it does.

There are many jokes about how “everyone’s a porn addict”.

Here are some crazy facts to show just how serious porn addiction can be.

1. They are unusually dedicated to pornography

When we talk about porn addiction, we aren’t simply talking about watching porn every once in a while.

Porn addicts are dedicated to their addiction.

They will have terabytes of porn stored in different hard disks, meticulously organized by actors or scene types.

They will always carry some porn on their phones.

2. Their interest may not be sexual

This one may surprise you but not all porn addicts have a sexual interest in porn.

They are addicted to watching porn the same way some people are addicted to playing video games the whole day.

There may not be a sexual desire or need involved in the act at all.

3. They may not respond physically to pornographic imagery

Many porn addicts are so burnt out on watching porn all the time that their bodies don’t even respond to it.

When a normal person watches porn they get aroused.

Porn addicts watch so much porn that they get desensitized to it.

Since they watch hours of porn every single day, porn becomes similar to any other type of video for them, with no arousal at all.

4. They don’t always stimulate themselves while watching porn

This is a major sign of having a porn addiction instead of being addicted to sex or masturbation.

Someone who is addicted to sex or masturbation may sometimes even use their imagination while sexually stimulating themselves.

Porn addicts, on the other hand, watch so much porn that they don’t even stimulate themselves while watching it.

They just sit there and watch hours and hours of porn.

5. They use porn for escapism

Many of the porn addicts are people who have problems in their life they want to ignore.

They focus on porn because it allows them to escape the very real problems in their lives.

This isn’t true for every addict – just like with other substances, there are many functioning porn addicts as well.

You could meet these people and never suspect that they were addicted to anything.

6. They mentally legitimize their viewership

One big reason that porn addiction is so hard to fight is that the people who have it go through mental gymnastics to justify or normalize their addiction.

One common response porn addicts have is “everybody watches porn”.

While it is true that the large majority of the population watches porn, that’s not the problem here.

The problem is the amount of porn being watched, not just the fact that it is being watched.

It’s like water – everyone has some water, but if you have too much it ends up causing health problems for you.

Some porn is fine, but the amount that addicts watch is not fine at all, but they still think of themselves as normal consumers of porn.

7. They adopt a positive stance towards pornography

This is another thing that porn addicts do in order to normalize their addiction.

They know that people will think they are doing something strange, so they act like they are taking a positive stance towards pornography.

They will talk about how it needs to be appreciated as an art form more, and think of themselves as porn connoisseurs.

8. They appreciate virtual connection more than physical ones

Remember when we said that there are addicted to porn, and not sex? This is what we were talking about.

One would expect anyone who watches porn all day long to be obsessed with sex, but these people don’t care about sex at all.

There are many porn addicts in relationships who choose watching porn over having sex with their partners.

As we said, it is an addiction, and addicts do not behave rationally.

9. They are socially irresponsible

Like all addicts, porn addicts are very socially irresponsible.

Their addiction gets in the way of them being productive members of society in any way.

They do not like interacting with their family anymore.

They don’t care about their friends anymore.

They don’t care about their careers.

They just want to watch porn all the time.

10. They become more socially irresponsible with increasing addiction

Like most addictions, porn addiction also gets worse with time.

As time goes on, the signs of addiction start becoming noticeable.

They may stop leaving home, start shirking their responsibilities, be in front of the computer at all times, or act evasive all the time.

11. They have little to no fulfillment in anything other than porn

The problem isn’t just that they like porn too much – the problem is that porn slowly becomes the only thing they like.

Like someone with crack addiction who gives up everything in their life for crack, porn addicts leave everything in life for porn.

This doesn’t happen instantly – this happens slowly and gradually.

12. Their relationships do not last long

As can be expected, these people are not able to sustain relationships at all.

Their partners end up having problems with their addiction.

Most addicts hide their addiction in the beginning of the relationship.

This means they lie about their whereabouts and are evasive, which also leads to distance and breakups.

13. They always rely on porn for relief

Porn is the one thing in the lives of these people, which gives them any sort of relief.

When they get to watch porn after a break they feel genuine happiness.

Their brain is so addicted to porn that it reacts to porn the way a drug user’s mind may react to drugs.

When someone is addicted to something, that is all they care about, that is the only thing that satisfies them.

It isn’t even about liking the thing in question, addiction means they want it even if they don’t like it anymore.

14. They use porn to alleviate stress

A lot of porn addicts use porn as their stress reliever.

The crazy part is that they don’t do this by stimulating themselves.

No, they are so addicted to porn that just watching porn without touching themselves is enough to take away their stress.

15. They watch porn to forget prevalent issues, both social and personal

Porn ends up becoming the perfect way to forget about problems in society and in the lives of an addict.

It is an inherently private act, which means that it allows people to have some solitude.

They end up staying in their rooms and just watching porn instead of worrying about the world and their lives.

16. They watch a diverse range of porn genres

Porn addicts know much more about porn than most people will.

Odds are that they can’t even watch normal porn anymore.

They like watching many different types of porn.

There are even people who are only addicted to a specific type of porn.

Some people will, for example, only watch porn with homosexual acts, some people will only watch porn which has their fetish, and so on.

17. They have an appreciation for the more depraved acts

Watching so much porn desensitizes these people to the point where normal porn may as well as not be porn anymore.

These people slowly start getting into more hardcore porn.

It may start with something simple like bondage porn, but it may go to some very dark places.

There’s porn with rape and abuse elements, painful acts, and other disturbing sexual acts.

Porn addicts are known to like more depraved porn, because it still managed to get a reaction out of them every now and then.

18. They can spend incredible amounts of time watching porn

One of the biggest signs of addiction to porn is the amount of time spent watching porn per day.

Porn addicts watch hours of porn in a day.

They may watch only a few hours of porn if they have jobs or school.

If they are free then they may spend all the time they have at home watching porn.

Some of these people may end up watching more than ten hours of porn in a day.

19. They lose track of time when viewing sessions are plenty

Ask a porn addict how much porn they view and they won’t even know.

They start watching porn and they are transfixed.

Hours may pass without them realizing.

This is also a big reason their social lives fall apart.

They get so involved in the pornographic material that they forget about everything else.

20. They seek pornographic material everywhere

A person who is addicted to porn will carry porn with them everywhere.

They will have a full collection on their smartphones.

They will look for porn everywhere they can.

They will try to find out about new porn they may not have known of.

You can take them to a new country and they will spend their time trying to check the local porn out.

As we said, they are addicts, and they do not behave rationally.

They know that they need porn, and that is all they work on.

21. They are compulsive introverts

You can’t really be an extrovert and still hide your addiction.

To make their lives easier they turn into compulsive introverts.

The easiest way to make people stop asking questions is to just stay away from people.

They don’t like anyone coming to their house and seeing how vast their porn collection is, so they simply stop meeting people.

22. They look for isolated spaces

Porn addicts need to watch porn everywhere they can.

Since they cannot watch porn out in the open they look for isolated places everywhere.

They want to know a place where they can have some alone time and watch porn.

They will watch porn in the office toilet, on a plane – basically any place they can get enough privacy.

23. They often reject treatment attempts

Porn addicts are not ready to accept that they are addicted to porn.

Thus it is also very hard to convince them to get treatment for their addiction.

The first step to solving any problem is to accept that the problem exists – until that is done there can be no solution.

These people will not just reject the idea that they have an addiction, but will also reject any help or treatment offered to them.

Addiction treatments only work if the addicted person wants them to, and that is very unlikely in porn addiction.

24. They become manic depressive over time

No matter how much porn addicts pretend that their lives are normal, they aren’t, and it eventually takes a toll on them.

It is not normal for anyone to shut themselves off from society and just spend the whole day watching porn.

These people tend to develop mental problems and may also become manic depressive over time.

The obsession with porn, isolation from others, and the addiction which doesn’t let them do anything else ends up negatively affecting their mental health.

25. They need help…

The most important thing that needs to be understood is that porn addicts need help.

Family members are often angry with the person addicted to porn.

Partners act the same way.

People feel disappointed that the porn addict is choosing porn over them, but they shouldn’t be.

They need to understand that it is an addiction, and it is a mental disease.

The porn addict would realize how wrong their actions are if they were thinking rationally, but they are not.

They are addicts, and addicts only have the next hit on their mind.

These people need professional help and support from friends and family.

Don’t be angry with them, don’t try to force them to stop watching porn, consult a professional instead.