Feeds

Study reveals high price of smut addiction

Severe social, relationship and legal problems hit habitual viewers

Top three mobile application threats

Habitual viewers of smut often mess up their lives, according to preliminary analysis of a new study conducted by University of Sydney academics, who believe the problem is caused in part by the ubiquitous availability of online video nasties that viewers can watch anywhere, with many devices.

Dr Gomathi Sitharthan from the Univeristy’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor Raj Sitharthan from its Department of Psychiatry surveyed 800 habitual online smut viewers and found “excessive users had severe social and relationship problems and had often lost their jobs or been in trouble with the law as a result of their addiction.”

Some even “escalated their viewing to more extreme and often illegal material.”

The researchers found that 43 percent of those surveyed started to view smut between the ages of 11 and 13. They also learned that 47 percent spend between 30 minutes and three hours each day watching smut.

85% of those surveyed were male and more than half were either married or in de-facto relationships.

Some more preliminary results include:

  • 88 percent of respondents said they are willing to seek professional help to treat smut addicition, but would prefer to do it online;
  • 30 percent acknowledged that their work performance suffered due to excessive viewing;
  • 20 percent of respondents said they preferred the excitement of watching porn to being sexually intimate with their partner;
  • Around 14 percent had formed a relationship with other online users;
  • 18 percent were preoccupied with fantasising when they were not online.

The study was conducted because the researchers feel smut is now so accessible that it is worthwhile to understand its impact, especially as Professor Sitharthan has seen more patients presenting with problems caused by addiction.

"Watching porn is a learned behaviour and we believe it can be unlearned,” Dr Sitharthan says.”We are finding that people do understand that their excessive porn viewing is impacting on their lives and they want to change.” ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?
Recruiting now for charity starvation diet
Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco
Standing in the corner, big pointy 'D' hats
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning
Power levels up 70 per cent as the rover keeps on truckin'
KILLER ROBOTS, DNA TAMPERING and PEEPING CYBORGS: the future looks bright!
Americans optimistic about technology despite being afraid of EVERYTHING
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.