New Test Tracks Porn Use and Associated Health Problems

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Psychologists have created a new psychometric test that articulates when an individual uses porn to such an extent it places them in dangers of social isolation and relationship breakdown.

“In most cases, viewing is not problematic and appears to have little or no negative impact in a person’s life,” write the authors of a study on a new psychometric test for problematic porn use, led by Beáta Bőthe of Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary.

“However, it can become problematic and can have negative effects, such as problems in romantic relationships or losing a job.”

Read: 5 Reasons to Quit Porn for Good

The abstract that accompanies the new paper reads: “Despite the increased social acceptance and widespread use of pornography over the past few decades, reliable and valid instruments assessing problematic use of pornography are lacking.

This paper reports the findings of three studies aimed at developing and validating a new scale measuring problematic pornography use. The Problematic Pornography Use Scale (PPUS) items showed high internal consistency, convergent validity, and construct validity.

“High PPUS scores were positively correlated with measures of psychopathology, low self-esteem and poor attachment.”

Take the test below to monitor your usage:

The test

Answer the following questions, rating them by how much you feel they apply to you from 1 to 7, where:

1 = never, 2 = rarely, 3 = occasionally, 4 = sometimes, 5 = often, 6 = very often, 7 = all the time

  1. I felt that porn is an important part of my life
  2. I used porn to restore the tranquillity of my feelings
  3. I felt porn caused problems in my sexual life
  4. I felt that I had to watch more and more porn for satisfaction
  5. I unsuccessfully tried to reduce the amount of porn I watch
  6. I became stressed when something prevented me from watching porn
  7. I thought about how good it would be to watch porn
  8. Watching porn got rid of my negative feelings
  9. Watching porn prevented me from bringing out the best in me
  10. I felt that I needed more and more porn in order to satisfy my needs
  11. When I vowed not to watch porn any more, I could only do it for a short period of time
  12. I became agitated when I was unable to watch porn
  13. I continually planned when to watch porn
  14. I released my tension by watching porn
  15. I neglected other leisure activities as a result of watching porn
  16. I gradually watched more ‘extreme’ porn, because the porn I watched before was less satisfying
  17. I resisted watching porn for only a little while before I relapsed
  18. I missed porn greatly when I didn’t watch it for a while

Add the scores for all the questions together. A score of 76 or higher suggests problematic levels of pornography use.

Author: Richard Joy

My mission is to get you out of the depths of despair, addiction and pain as we as men strive to conquer fear, grow spiritually and build ourselves physically, emanating strength, grit and determination. Having been lost in the punishing spiral into hell myself, witnessing men around me die in addiction, obsession and pain, I have found the way out by walking the path of spiritual discipline, inner masculine truth and learning from men of wisdom in the spirit of humility.

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