It’s a great lead when you can claim that somehow religion makes one less moral. After all that is often the foundation of religion for many if not most. If religion doesn’t make you more happy or more moral, one has to wonder the point, at least as a choice. Why choose religion? Are religious people more addicted to porn? No, they just think they are
Compared with their less spiritual peers, people who identified as very religious were more likely to have a perceived Internet pornography addiction, no matter how much porn they actually consumed, according to a new study.
It would make more sense that religious people watch more porn, as they do in Utah as a whole, since religion as police-counsel would attract those who need the help–religion as lightning rod for sinners–to be better, or not care because they can be forgiven. But it’s an odd distinction. Not only do some actually watch more porn but when they don’t they still think it’s a full-on medical problem.
“We were surprised that the amount of viewing did not impact the perception of addiction, but strong moral beliefs did,” the study’s lead author Joshua Grubbs, a doctoral student in psychology at Case Western Reserve University, said in a statement…
Regardless of whether porn addiction is “real,” Grubbs and his co-authors note thatperceived addiction has been linked to several real elements of psychological distress, such as depression, compulsive behavior and anxiety.
This hypersensitivity to sin is the result of responding to an oppressive religion that wants people toe see themselves as sinners for any reason, good or bad, to get them to church, get them to Christ, and get them staying in the religion.
Religion making people feel guilty, embarrassed, or shameful at any transgression ensures full pews and full dependency of Christ to overcome their many sins. Addiction to a sin embeds the sin in ongoing transgression as a character or personality flaw. It’s not just a mistake dammit, it’s a full on sin that is so part of you you need Christ to recover?
This goes way beyond the impulse control benefit some psych’s and soc’s give to religion. Placing someone in constant fear may indeed lower frequency but at what cost. You can see why they had to invent the confessional or their flock would be frozen in guilt, unable to act for fear of sinning. Like an Army boot camp, religion beats you down to nothing and then rebuilds you in their image.
While most of us can see the difference between watching porn five times a day, once a day, once a week, or once a month any repetition is considered an addiction for religious folks? Hypersensitivity to sin means people overreact and think they have more of a problem than they do. They are obsessed with sinning and salvation which is more effective in lowering functionally than the action they chastise. It’s not the addiction that’s bugging them but their worry that they are addicted, contaminated, unredeemed.
Grubbs and his co-authors speculate that feelings of addiction could be seen as “the religious individual’s pathological interpretation of a behavior deemed a transgression or a desecration of sexual purity.” The findings could help therapists understand that the perception of addiction might have more to do with religious beliefs than actual porn-watching habits, the researchers said.
This death spiral attitude to self-esteem has bled into other areas of nihilistic self awareness. Nihilistic because it causes people to think less of themselves for no good reason other than religious power over the flock. Like cooties in elementary school, touch a girl once to get her cooties and doing it five more times doesn’t matter as you were addicted the first time? We’re all addicted to porn. Some just know it sooner? Just like you can fall in love (lust) at first sight, you’re addicted (obsessed) at first try? Is this just a socialized perfection complex?
Aside from this as proof that religion destroys healthy sexuality you can follow into all of the other sins that show you are a permanent addict that needs supernatural help and possibly human help as well. It’s a sick spiral that should be stopped. Therapists standing by.
The irony is that if you went to the gym every day for an hour, if you took an hour for yourself every day, if you read fantasy fiction every day for an hour, all would be fine and you wouldn’t be called a fantasy book addict… Religious people should call it a routine and give themselves a break so they can concentrate on other far worse sins, like hating gays and prochoicers.