Addiction

Woman opens up about her voracious porn appetite — and what she thinks caused it

Bethany McDonald (YouTube).

A leading psychoanalyst in England is sounding the alarm bells about the ill effects online pornography can have on the developing minds of young men. Indeed, the problem has also been known to plague women. The BBC spoke to a 24-year-old Bethany McDonald who said she developed a nearly all-consuming porn addiction and candidly spoke about the negative effects it had on her life. Men can experience some of the same negative effects, Angela Gregory, a top sex therapist, told the BBC. But, she said, there’s also been a surge in young male teens and men in their early twenties who have been reporting erectile dysfunction. Gregory attributes this surge in E.D. to the explosion of and easy accessibility to porn.

For McDonald, the problem started at a very young age. “I first saw it when I was 9, totally by accident,” McDonald said. As she grew up, her interest in porn — and the amount she was viewing — gradually increased. By the time McDonald got to college, she said it had an isolating effect on her life. McDonald “became fearful of relationships,” she said, and “turned to porn” to fill the void. “It got to the point where I was watching it probably two or three times a day,” she revealed. The habit became so encompassing that she often found herself wanting to watch porn instead of attending class. And it prevented her from having a “normal sex life.”

McDonald attributed her addiction to having been exposed to porn at such a young age and then having her expectations of what “normal” sex should be like shaped by what she was seeing in the porn content she viewed. “I was confused seeing it at that age,” she said. Watch her full interview with BBC below.

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