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What To Stop Watching Gay Porn

Published: April 30, 2014
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I know I am not gay or bisexual but I cannot stop watching gay porn. I have had so many girlfriends in the past. I want to stop. I need to stop because I have been told if u watch u will slowly want to do it. I need help.


Dear What To Stop Watching Gay Porn,

There is no real evidence that watching gay porn can change your sexual identity. If that premise were true then the converse would also be true. A gay person could change his/her sexual identity by watching heterosexual pornography.    

The bigger issue is that this behavior has become compulsive to the point that you reported “I cannot stop watching.” 

Porn addiction has become more and more of a problem through the years, especially now that it’s so easy to access through the internet. Excessive use of pornography can be problematic for several reasons. Some people put so much time and energy into searching for and looking at porn, that it gets in the way of other areas in their lives, such as school, work or spending time with friends or family. Excessive use of porn can also alter in a negative way a person’s views and expectations of how sex and dating relationships should be. For some people who deal with depression or have significant difficulty coping with stress, excessive use of porn may be used as a type of escape or way to try and temporarily feel better. 

Since you are worried about you’re your inability to control your behavior, TeenHealthFX thinks it would be a good idea to work this issue out with a therapist and understand why you are so drawn to it. 

If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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