Pornography With Masturbation

Nearly all men will get erections while viewing pornography.  This almost always leads to masturbation while viewing porn the vast majority of the time.  Many young men discover that masturbating while viewing pornography increases the pleasure or “high” they receive.  It doesn’t take long for masturbation and pornography to be two things that always occur together.  When pornography isn’t available pornographic images from memory are often thought of while masturbating.  Most individuals with a pornography addiction see masturbating and porn as a single addiction.  However, pornography forms an addiction that is physiologically driven and masturbation forms an addiction that is physically driven.  So in reality we have two addictions overlapping at the same time.  Unfortunately, these two addictions are not “additive”.  For sake of argument, if pornography is a 10 on the addiction scale and masturbation is a 5 on the addiction scale, masturbating to porn is not a 15 (10 + 5 = 15); rather, it is a 50 (10 x 5 = 50). 

 

For some, the primary addiction is pornography.  In these cases, men seek out pornography then masturbation is added as a physical “enhancer”.  For other men, masturbation is the primary addiction and once masturbation begins (or the individual decides to masturbate), pornography  is sought out as a mental “enhancer”.   Hence, in most individuals, one addiction is the “primary addiction” and the other is the “enhancer”. 

 

Since most porn/masturbation addicts see masturbating while viewing pornography as being the same activity, they often try to take care of both addictions all at once.  However, for many men and young men, it may be easier to overcome the addiction to their “enhancer” first, thus making it easier to overcome their base addiction.  For example, a young man who started viewing porn and became addicted may add masturbation after the pornography addiction is well established.  Even though he may masturbate while viewing porn on every slip, it may be easier for him to stop masturbating to the porn (even though he still views porn).  Then after the masturbation is under control, overcoming the pornography becomes a little easier.  The same is true the other way around, men who have masturbation as their base addiction may find it easier to stop viewing pornography while they masturbate rather than giving up both at the same time.  Taking this step-wise approach to overcoming addiction can reduce the addictive potential from a 50 on the addiction scale to a 5 or a 10.  This makes it easier to then transition to a zero. 

 

Masturbating while viewing pornography actually fires up two separate parts of the spinal cord.  Pornography stimulates the nerves between T11 and L2 to trigger an erection due to psychogenic or mental/visual stimulation.  While masturbation and manually stimulating the penis stimulates another area between S2 and S4 in the very base of the spinal cord.  This combination makes sexual arousal and stimulation more intense and is one of the reasons men with pornography or masturbation addictions usually do both together.

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As was just mentioned – ejaculation from masturbating causes a release of oxytocin or the bonding hormone.  Those who masturbate while viewing pornography become emotionally bonded not only to the pornography but also to the porn stars portrayed.  Since the same porn stars are not in each video, this leads to sexual bonding to multiple individuals rather than one.  This can actually make it extremely difficult for these men to bond to a single person later in life during a marriage relationship. 

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