Does Porn Impact Social Anxiety?

Yes, recovering porn users reported a decline in social anxiety as one of the common improvements they experienced after quitting porn. However, it is not necessary that porn is the main cause of social anxiety or depression in young men.

Here are some comments made by some of the users:

  • “After trying to quit porn for 2 years, now I no more have social anxiety. But there were also some moments during my reboot when I felt worst socially. But it may be worth it to keep patience.”
  • “Earlier, I  felt awkward and uncomfortable while communicating. After successful rebooting, I found it very easy to connect with everyone around me.”
  • “I found it too difficult to speak to my lecturer that I was referred to the school counsellor. But now I’m easily able to make eye contact with everyone I meet.”
  • “I used to watch porn at least twice daily but was socially anxious at social events and meetings at work. But after being porn free my social anxiety is no more. I’m now more confident and better at speaking and interacting in public.”
  • “I started to travel a lot to get rid of this addiction. I suffered from social anxiety and could not involve in any kind of normal communication with people, especially girls. But, I’m continuing this process of quitting porn forever and will get success one day for sure.”
  • “I had a very bad social anxiety for the past 20 years! I had always faced difficulty in facing new people and exploring new places. I had a constant fear in public. But with God’s grace, I recovered gradually and now I’m more confident and productive.”
  • “I’ve been jerking off since I was 12 and was awkward with people especially, girls. It was to quit porn. That’s when this website blocker app helped me. After 6 months of quitting porn, I became calmer in social interactions.”

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