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Hi Reddit, my name is Brian Watson, and I am Reddit’s resident historian of pornography, and I just completed my first book, Annals of Pornographie: How Porn Became Bad. AMA about my research or book!(r/IAmA)
I can’t say it has at all. I’m very happy and content in my relationships with everyone around me. Actually, my friend David Ley, a medical doctor, has written extensively and critically on the idea that pornography and sex addiction are even legitimate diagnoses. Here’s him at his best: www.amazon.com/Addiction-forthcoming-Ethical-Respo…
The NoFap philosophy that pornography and obscenity is dramatically worse now than it was in prior years I find a little inaccurate. Cock and Hen clubs in the 17th century often features people having what we’d call nonpenatrative sex (blowjobs, fingering, etc) and you could see people having sex with prostitutes in alleyways and people didn’t think too much of it–remember, entire families shared beds and you’d be aware of how your parents made your siblings. Granted, if you find it is something taking over your life, then it is a good idea to get clear, but this doesn’t mean porn is more addictive or damaging than gambling or shopping.