Is Porn Holding You Back From A Next Level Life?


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I'm writing this article knowing it will probably be the most controversial blog post I will ever make. Today I want to shed some light on a topic that frequently gets avoided.


Today I want to talk about porn. This may seem a little off the wall for a fitness blog, but this is a topic that God has laid on my heart to write about. I would be lying if I said I haven't tried to ignore the call to do it for awhile, but no longer.



We as a society have a porn problem.

Society will try to tell you it's fine, at the same time acting like they would never do it. You might be someone who believes it isn't a big deal, that it's natural. But tell me this, is it normal for an eleven year old to look at porn? That is the average age that a child is exposed to porn for the first time.


To me, that is a disturbing statistic. In a world filled with so much technology at our fingertips, we all have easy (and free) access to pornographic material. This is a problem--it's shaping the way we view women, act in relationships, and contributes to the ongoing (and worsening) problem of sex trafficking.



Porn wastes time

Watching porn is a huge waste of time. It literally accomplishes nothing, nothing good anyway. The average person spends 2 hours a week watching porn. That's 104 hours every year. If you read my blog you know how much I talk about using your time wisely. Now I don't know about you, but I could do a lot of productive things with 104 hours.


Porn creates a instant gratification trap

Pornography is like a drug that is avalible 24/7 and even worse, most forms are legal. Sexual images stimulate pleasure centers of the brain, releasing feel-good chemicals like dopamine. And if that pleasure response gets triggered over and over a person will need bigger hits to feel the same response. This creates an instant gratification trap.




That mentality undoubtedly carries over into other aspects of your life. Studies have shown that that if someone abstains from porn for even just three weeks that way of thinking started to fade. Avoiding porn puts people in more of a long term mentality, where they are more likely to work hard for a goal that will have long term rewards instead of things that will provide instant gratification.




Porn harms others

We can be so self absorbed sometimes that we believe our actions only effect us, but every decision you make has an effect on someone other than yourself.


By viewing porn you could unknowingly be contributing to sex trafficking. According to a 2007 study consisting of 854 women in nine different countries, 49% of the women “said that porn had been made of them while they were in prostitution, and 47% said they had been harmed by men who had either forced or tried to force their victims to do things the men had seen in porn.(1)”


Even if 99% of all porn actors are participating willingly, what about the 1% who aren't? A website called Fight the New Drug makes an excellent point in one of their articles, "We’re not claiming that all porn is non-consensual. We’re just pointing out that some of it is and some of it isn’t, and when you watch it there’s no way to know which is which.


So, would you buy from a company if you knew that some, but not all, of their products were made with child labor? Would you support a store that abused some, but not all, of their female employees? How can it be ethical to say that “porn is okay because participants give their consent,” when we know for a fact that some—probably much more than you think—do not?"


If you or someone you know is struggling with porn, there are some great resources out there for you. Don't feel alone or live in shame. God died for ALL of our sins, and yes, that even includes porn. If porn is holding you back, get help. The sooner you can recognize it as a problem, the sooner you can begin the journey towards living a life free of porn.

Resources and more information:

www.fightthenewdrug.org

http://www.rescuefreedom.org/get-involved/refusetoclick/

https://www.xxxchurch.com/start-here

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johnhenry-westen/want-to-stop-sex-traffick_b_6563338.html

1) Farley, M. “Renting an Organ for Ten Minutes: What Tricks Tell us about Prostitution, Pornography, and Trafficking.” (2007)