Questions in The Guardian we can answer

Increasing numbers of women admit to being hooked on internet porn. Why is this happening,….?

A quick glance around at the average British male should be enough to answer that particular question.

And not much has changed since Georges Mikes pointed out that the Continentals have sex lives and the British have hot water bottles.

4 thoughts on “Questions in The Guardian we can answer”

  1. Everything’s an addiction these days, isn’t it? It’s that Puritan thing again I’m afraid. None of us control ourselves, we are all corrupted by Satan. Only the Church, or these days the new priesthood of therapists and counsellors, can save us from ourselves.

    And, once you’ve proved that the poor sheep is addicted, you’ve got proof that the corrupt thing (porn, or immoral food, or whatnot) has to be controlled, because we cannot stop ourselves watching porn or eating KFC or having a beer.

    The next few decades are going to be mad, and ghastly. Mark my words.

  2. Ian B,

    The problem with addiction is that it doesn’t work like people have been told that it does. Alcoholism isn’t a “disease”. Alcoholism is just a form of addiction like addictions to gambling, pornography, shopping, shoplifting or narcotics. And people become addicted because they have emotional problems, and the way to deal with pain or emptiness is to get a buzz.

    This is also why lots of groups like AA don’t work. They look at the buzz rather than what drives people to try to get the buzz. It’s like someone suggesting we ban guns because psychopaths use them, rather than looking at the real cause, which is that a psychopath should be locked up.

    I personally used to be addicted to gambling. Went through counselling, straightened myself out, and the thing is that I can now gamble at a level that is just a bit of fun: a few quid on the national or the Gold Cup, rather than a large chunk of my disposable salary.

    For “addiction” to be defeated the puritan way, everything that gives people a buzz would have to be banned. And then require a clampdown on our rights to prevent the black market servicing it. It would make North Korea look like The Hellfire Club.

    Counselling and therapy can work, but finding the right treatment for you is hard, and only works if people are willing. This is why drug counselling for offenders is such a spectacular waste of money – not only is it bureaucratised therapy, it also spends on the unwilling, the people who opt into a programme just to avoid a prison sentence (and many of them are just users rather than addicts anyway).

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