Oz porn addicts watch online sex videos for 5hrs per day

Melbourne, Sept 13 (ANI): Tens of thousands of Australians spend up to five hours a day watching porn - that's almost as many hours as most 9 to 5 workers put in, a survey has revealed.

According to Dr Phil Watts, a porn researcher and psychologist, the addiction is having a crippling affect on personal lives and relationships.

He added that the problem often gets worse over time, as porn can condition the brain to progressively seek out "harder" pornography.

"It can completely distort the reality of sexuality," News.com.au quoted Dr Watts as saying.

"Sixteen-year-olds watch explicit 20 minute videos ... and view it as normal.

"Then they get a girlfriend at 17 and she's freaking out about [what they want them to do]," he said.

For addicts, porn often serves as an escape from stress and day-to-day problems. But in reality it just adds to their issues, Dr Watts said.

"They're more sleep deprived, they're not satisfying their partner. It's compounding day after day," he said.

Despite it's potential adverse affects, pornography is not listed as an addiction in the psychiatrist's bible, the Diagnostic Services Manual.

And while most porn consumers are not addicts, at least two thirds of men occasionally look at it.

Watching porn can condition the brain into creating attractions.

A recent study by Sydney University researchers found 20 percent of surveyed addicts preferred porn to having sex with their partners.

30 percent admitted that their performance at work had suffered because of it.

Dr Watts, who is publishing a self-help book to cure porn addition, explains when porn consumption gets out of control it's hard for addicts to limit their usage.

He adds abstinence is the best method of treatment.

"When it becomes a person's prime sexual outlet ... those are the warning bells," he said. (ANI)