Does Technology Fuel Your Addiction?

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

As both scientific research and anyone who’s been in 12-Step sexual recovery meetings for more than a few years can attest, with every advance in digital technology, more and more people are challenged by sex and porn addiction. Consider that studies conducted in the 1980s (pre-internet) suggest that 3 to 5% of the adult male population was sexually addicted. By 1999, still the very early days of internet usage, that percentage had approximately doubled, to 8.5%. Today, though we don’t have an updated percentage from researchers, it is clear that sex and porn addictions continue to escalate. Stated simply, as digital technology has increased our highly affordable, mostly anonymous, nearly instant access to potentially addictive sexual imagery, activity, and partners, sex and porn addiction have become more problematic and widespread. Today, it would be difficult to find even one sex or porn addict who hasn’t been involved in some way with online sexuality.

Task for Today
Consider installing ‘parental control software’ on your digital devices. Ask your therapist and sponsor if they think this might be helpful.