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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 …

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3 hours a day ?

3 hours a day is just poor time management - with proper application of efficiency and time-management skills I have learned on my employer sponsored courses I have it down to 3 minutes, including keyboard wipe-down and cache clearance.......

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Re: 3 hours a day ?

>3 hours a day is just poor time management

Ah the innocence of youth. When you get to an advanced age the three hours consists of 2 hours 57 minutes warm up followed by 3 minutes of wipe-down, etc...

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Re: 3 hours a day ?

That's just 2 grumble flicks a day. And 30 mins at the other end is just 3 bouts with the 10 minute freeview on Channel X

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Compulsive Behaviour

Would the numbers be much different if the survey was for compulsive Facebook/Twitter/Casino use?

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WTF

We should all be down the pub now, not watching porn.

I suspect that chap that went off to the loo furtively fondling his iThingy can't leave it alone even in drinking time.

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It's a fairly wide band of use, 30 minutes to 3 hours and what constitutes use? Is the 20 minutes to download the grumble flick included?

As others have said (and the author admitted), it is an extremely poor survey, based on a skewed initial view - you can change what the addiction is to anything and get the same results, i.e. a number of addicted people do it to the detriment of their job and life; a number would seek help; the number of addicts is skewed towards oen sex or the other and so on.

Focussing on smut is pointless, studying addiction and addictive behaviours in general might be a better idea. For example, why are some people more prone to being addicted than others?

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surveyed 800

thats 800 pretty Fucked up people they found as a sample

88% ready to seek professional help?

hardly a sensible 'whithin limits' smut viewer among them!

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Statitistics are inconclusive, 90 percent of us know that

How do you define "Extreme porn viewing"? "Smut addiction" is exactly what ? How do yo exactly go from watching porn to having legal or interpersonal problems ? I am quite partial to the idea that it might be a symptom but definitively not the cause of their problems. And also , please provide d definition for relationship or interpersonal problems, since one mans meal is another mans poison (replace man with woman for same results).

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Lame

The fact that a fifth preferred porn to real sex surprised me. They clearly aren't very good at it.

My father once opined to me that he would rather do it than watch pictures of other people doing it. That sentiment runs in the family.

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I suppose they would have to have tried both or they are just guessing.

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Joke

They're just jerking around.

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Really?

The survey says:

85% of men like to wank and enjoy it

15% of men deny it.

As the saying goes, there are wanders, and liars.

Paris.....because she has helped so many.

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StaTITistics !!! 8-)

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Post Hoc != Propter Hoc

"Habitual viewers of smut often mess up their lives".

ORLY?

Or perhaps people who have messed up lives become habitual viewers of smut. Or alcoholics. Or drug abusers. Or resort to crime. Or...

The same goes for “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” the conclusion seems to be that it's the porn that caused the problem, rather than the problem being the result of other factors and which is then manifested in this "addiction".

BTW "addiction" is a nicely pejorative term, but whilst drug addicts may mug grannies for their pensions to feed their habits, I don't think I've ever heard of someone doing the same so they can buy another porn mag or download a movie...

Meanwhile, *who* were these "800 habitual online smut viewers"? How were they selected? And if there were "800 habitual online smut viewers" how does that compare with the number of those who also view online smut but do not do it "habitually" (whatever that means, how frequently do you have to do it before it becomes "habitual")?

I found a link to the original survey, but, alas, the survey was no longer available which is a shame, because I'd have loved to see what the questions were and how impartially they had been phrased.

Some other questions:

"30 percent acknowledged that their work performance suffered due to excessive viewing" and how many "habitual" smokers acknowledge that their work suffers due to them gasping for a cigarette?

"20 percent of respondents said they preferred the excitement of watching porn to being sexually intimate with their partner" and what about those geeks out there (of which there are more than a few) who haven't got a partner because aren't good in social situations and, as such, find other ways to relieve sexual tension?

"Around 14 percent had formed a relationship with other online users" which is surely a good thing (but good things don't come from "addictions" do they?)

"18 percent were preoccupied with fantasising when they were not online" and it's only "habitual smut watchers" that have this problem. After all, it's not the same as thinking about the big match you watched yesterday evening or worrying about your financial problems when you should be working or...

And finally ""Watching porn is a learned behaviour and we believe it can be unlearned” says Dr Sitharthan. Why does this sound so disturbingly like the assertion from the last century that "Homosexualiy is a learned behaviour and we believe it can be unlearned”, resulting in attempts to "cure" gays by administering electric shocks for aversion therapy or, even, giving them lobotomies?

I think these researchers had a conclusion and then did their research to prove it.

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You made some good points.

Not everyone wants porn, but if you choose to access it then at least you should expect to enjoy it - or something's gone wrong. Aren't most porn users enjoying it?

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Re: You made some good points.

That bird I saw in the last grumble flick I saw didn't seem to be enjoying it. From any of the guys she was "acting" with.

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Why is the Reddit Alien...

... used as the icon for this article? It's not mentioned anywhere in the article. Is El Reg implying the majority of Reddit users have a proclivity to images that Picasa would find in a custom search for pink?

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Realities of life

Whodda think porn users were missing out on real life?

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I have recently come to a conclusion

I only got connected to the internet a year or two ago.

Since then, I have made it my job to check out every dirty little slut that wants to display herself publicly for all and sunder.

I thought: this is an infinite well.

I thought: how deep does this shit run?

I realised about a week or two ago - I have viewed ALL THE FREE PORN ON THE WEB.

Sorry, sticky CAPS lock - occupational hazard. ;-)

The worst was seeing an ex-girlfriend in an extreme S&M flick made by her award winning for FILM boyfriend. I got over it eventually, but the shock was hard when not expecting it.

It's all shit. You don't need it. Any man that pays for it is a wanker. eh eh...

There is no substitute for closeness and intimacy between two human beings, be they of the same sex or different sex - don't matter.

I'll shut up now.

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Re: I have recently come to a conclusion

That stuff sucks, but no need to be bitter about it man. They've been writing songs about it for at least 30+ years. The lesson is to learn what your current chick wants & give it to her. I dressed up like an astronaut once.

BTW you have only seen the edge of the universe of porn online. My advice would be stop digging. It only gets more awful,

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