Close out that porn site and step away from your laptop

Have you heard of Rule 34? It may not be in any law books, but it’s a commonly cited belief on the Internet – “If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions.” Indeed, anyone who is over 18 and has spent more than a few minutes surfing the web likely realizes a large portion of the net is dedicated to sex – every type of sex act imaginable, and some you’d probably never think of in a million years. In fact, a recent report from the tech website ExtremeTech finds that around 30 percent of all Internet traffic is porn-related. With such a staggering statistic, it’s no surprise that many people become addicted to porn. While watching a skin flick every once in a while is nothing to be ashamed of, forgoing real sex to watch two people get busy on your computer screen is a dangerous habit.

Identifying a porn addiction

So how do you know if you have an addiction to Internet porn? It will take a lot of self-reflection. We all have different libidos, so some people may need or want to view porn more than others. Take some time to consider how often you crave sex. If it’s around the clock, then you may end up watching porn pretty regularly, since it’s not always possible to get down and dirty with an in-the-flesh lover all the time. If your sex drive is less intense, then you may have no use for XXX websites at all.

The issue comes when your viewing of online porn begins to interfere with your real life. Are you turning down personal engagements to have some alone time with your Wi-Fi connection? Have you been so eager to view online porn that you’ve risked pulling up a page while at work? If so, you may have a problem on your hands.

Go for condoms instead of .com’s

Once you admit you may be watching porn online too often, the next step is breaking the habit. There are a number of ways to accomplish this goal – but it all comes down to limiting yourself. Masturbating is healthy, even for those who have a partner in the real world, and using the Internet to aid your imagination isn’t always a bad thing. Your goal should be to cut down your online porn viewing to a healthy amount. If you can’t limit yourself on your own, try unplugging your Wi-Fi or locking up your computer for certain hours of the day.

You may want to try enhancing your real sex so it becomes more appealing to you than Internet porn. One way to do this is to introduce vibrating devices into your routine. The LifeStyles® Vibrating Ring is a great option for partnered individuals, while the a:muse™ Pleasure Touch Fingertip Massager can add an extra tingle that the Internet simply won’t provide.

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