The New Narcotic

Kent McDonald: This article is a real eye-opener. Morgan Bennet reveals research proving that viewing of internet pornography is actually many times more addictive than cocaine or heroin because it utilizes BOTH pathways that cocaine and heroin utilize to reinforce the addiction. Consuming porn actually changes neuron pathways in the brain, leaving one with the all consuming desire for more rather than satisfaction that is experienced through real sex with your spouse.  Think about it. Porn is available 24 hours per day, anonymously in the privacy of your home, and affordable (since 80 percent of users report the only use FREE sites to obtain it). If cocaine or heroin were anonymously available, 24 hours a day and free where would America be? Is porn free speech, or the most insidious destroyer of civil society ever to be visited on our country?

Morgan Bennett:

The other day, I overheard a guy say that Starbucks was “the greatest drug dealer in the United States.” Being a guilty party to that sort of “drug dealing,” I’ll recuse myself from discussing the merits of such a charge.

But what if I told you that the internet is the greatest drug dealer in the United States?”

A growing body of research supports such an assertion as it relates to a new “narcotic”: internet pornography. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that in 2008 there were 1.9 million cocaine users. According to the Central Intelligence Agency, there are an estimated 2 million heroin users in the United States, with some 600,000 to 800,000 considered hardcore addicts. Compare these numbers to the 40 million regular users of online pornography in America.

The New Narcotic | Public Discourse.