Is there really a science behind pornography addiction?

Yes! Numerous respected scientists and psychiatrists have concluded that pornography is an addiction like alcohol or drug abuse. Some scientists believe it is even more addictive than heroin. Addiction is caused by chemical dependencies within in the body and neural pathways through the brain. Recent studies make it clear that pornography needs to be studied more carefully.


These MRI images were captured by researchers at Cambridge University in 2013 The study found that “People who are addicted to pornography show similar brain activity to alcoholics or drug addicts.” The UK Independent reports that “MRI scans of test subjects who admitted to compulsive pornography use showed that the reward centers of the brain reacted to seeing explicit material in the same way as an alcoholic’s might on seeing a drinks advert.”

Why does the science matter?

For years, legal experts, judges and partisans have argued that public morality should not play a role in developing policies or making law. We strongly disagree; however, we intend to disempower this debate by supporting and financing scientific research into the effects of pornography on individuals and society. With peer-reviewed studies we can build support behind legal efforts brought against the pornography industry across the country.

How does pornography affect the brain?

The brain is the functioning turnstile that helps us decide on moral issues, prompts us to act, think, love, run, flee or fight. The brain is designed to be flexible and pliable. What we choose to watch and act on is firmly “imprinted” on our brain. When a person is exposed repeatedly to pornography the brain is stimulated and releases chemicals. This “cocktail” of chemicals builds a dependency within the brain driving feedback loops that require more and more stimulation to sustain the “high.” The release of chemicals also causes the brain to shut down specific functions, rewire pathways, set expectations, and often results in faulty decision making. There are numerous studies underway to research the effects of pornography on the brain


The members of the Lighted Candle Society have dedicated their skills and time to finding ways to find ways for individuals and famlies to overcome the impact and pain of addiction to obscene materials. To learn more click Here.

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