Addictions are hard to shake off and it is a frustrating part of life for many people. The compulsion to continuously engage in self-rewarding acts despite the negative and damaging consequences to one's self and others is peculiar behavior that can be a challenge to identify and treat.
It could an addiction to video gaming, drugs, alcohol, gambling, social media sites such as Facebook and of course, it can also be an addiction to porn. In fact, psychologists from Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary said that 4 percent of users may have a porn addiction problem and they have formulated a way to reveal if an individual has it.
Published as the Problematic Pornography Consumption Scale (PPCS), they claim that they have identified an "optimal cutoff" to identify problematic and non-problematic porn consumers. The quick five-minute test may then help you find out if you indeed have a "porn addiction."
'The PPCS is a multidimensional scale of problematic pornography use with a strong theoretical basis that also has strong psychometric properties in terms of factor structure and reliability," the psychologists said in their research paper.
Ready to take the test?
Porn Addiction Test
Answer the 17 questions below, rating them by how much you feel they apply to you from 1 to 7.
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 anymore, 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 gradually watched more ‘extreme’ porn, because the porn I watched before was less satisfying.
16. I resisted watching porn for only a little while before I relapsed.
17. I missed porn greatly when I didn't watch it for a while.
Add the scores for all your answers. A score of 76 or higher suggests that you may be addicted to pornography.
If you do think you may have a porn addiction problem, there are resources online that can help you. Check out reSTART for general addiction rehabilitation and therapy pointers, particularly, addiction to technology.