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"I think my boyfriend is addicted to porn"

Sat 5 Jan 2008 In: Ask Our Expert View at Wayback View at NDHA

Michael E from Christchurch writes: I have a problem. I think my boyfriend is addicted to porn. He doesn't notice me anymore and he's always on the computer. I know what he's looking at after I go to bed! I want your advice. Bill Logan responds: Of course it is entirely reasonable for you to be concerned if your boyfriend is not noticing you and not coming to bed. The real question is probably whether this fall-off in his sexual appetite for you is acceptable to you, or if you would prefer to end the relationship. In most relationships there is a fall-off in sexual appetite over time, often with one partner's sexual interest declining faster than the other's. And in many relationships there is a renegotiating of norms, including bedtime rituals, porn use and even outside sexual adventures. The idea of addiction might not be very useful here; there are many happy, fulfilling, intimate relationships where one or both partners look at a fair bit of porn. Of course it would be addiction if the compulsion to look at porn were getting in the way of how your boyfriend wants to spend his time, but as far as we know the problem is that the porn is getting in the way of how you want him to spend his time. You want him to spend more time in bed playing with you, and it's fair enough that you tell him so quite plainly. But if he doesn't want to come to bed—if he hasn't got the desire any more—then there's not a lot you can do. AJ Marsh responds: Dear Michael, the first thing to do would be to talk to him about it. If he's willing to talk to you about this, you should ask him why he'd rather look at porn than look at you. He might believe that your relationship isn't very sexual or that you're not paying him enough attention. It could be a simple case of give and take on both sides. Have you tried watching porn together? It's one of those things that not everyone would admit to but you know that everyone's doing it. If he's not willing to talk to you about it, and it remains a problem for you, I'd re-evaluate how much you want to be in a relationship with him. Jacqui Grant responds: Sounds like your relationship has gotten to that old married couple stage and boredom has set in, seems like your boyfriend is looking for a bit of stimulation and fantasy, well why don't you give him something to fantasize about? A bit of spice never hurts, find out what he is looking at and you be it when he least expects it, be sexually unpredictable, and invent some roles to play I'll bet he will go for it lets face it the fantasy playing out in real life is better than a few pictures. - 5th January 2008


First published: Saturday, 5th January 2008 - 10:37am

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