The latest neuroscientific research supports the assumption that the “underlying neural processes involved in [pornography] addiction are similar to substance addiction”. This is because “behaviours, which are repeatedly reinforcing the reward, motivation and memory circuitry, are all part of the disease of addiction”.
“Algorithms Drive Desire: … Complex advertising algorithms lure users into viewing more extreme content. This targeted marketing both shapes and tracks the interests and behaviours of pornography users. Over time users become desensitised, and so turn to more extreme content.”
As LA-based porn actor Anthony Hardwood notes:
“You know when I started it was like very lovey dovey sex, not tough like Gonzo…After three years they wanted to get more energy, more rough, they do like one girl with you know like four guys and they just take over and destroy her.”