Quick Index
 Adult Industry News
Search AINews Database
Type Keyword or Phrase Here
HardArt Films Pornography feminists unshackle their desires and celebrate their sexuality in the patriarchal world

Front Page
Film News
Media News
Business News
Clubs & Appearances
Law & Politics
Internet & Mobile News
Lifestyles Arts Health Charity
Letters to the Editor
Movie Spotlight Reviews
Pornstar Pages
AINews Staff
Ad Rates
PR 101: Press Release Service

Porn for GEEKS! Meet me & my friends!

Kayden Kross at Twistys

May 24, 2012 09:31am
Internet Joyless Without Porn
Source: Adult Industry News
by: Rich Moreland

Is the Internet Joyless without Porn? By Rich Moreland, May 2012

There is a new scientific study, and I use those words loosely, floating around the internet about (gasp!) porn addiction. Adult Video Newsí Tom Hymes panned this misleading attempt at research in one of his columns and I couldnít resist the urge to pile on.

The Australian Centre for Addiction Research is conducting an online survey to investigate internet porn addiction. Hereís the premise: people are addicted to viewing porn and the internet is abetting this socially debilitating habit. In other words, obsessive-compulsives go online to satisfy their uncontrollable urges. But, are these entrapped souls addicted to the internet or porn or both? Thatís unclear, so any results published by the authors should be regarded with skepticism.

Nevertheless, the researcherís statistics have made the news, and the scientists, Professor Raj Sitharthan and his wife, Dr. Gomathi Sitharthan, are convinced they are onto something.

The survey itself is flawed in its assumptions and methodology. In research, the sample (the subjects used in a study) must be identified and controlled in some way. In this particular study, the only qualification to be a subject is the willingness to tackle the questions. The researchers then pigeonhole the respondents according to their self-identified characteristics collected in the data. Might that include a ten-year-old when mom and dad arenít watching or a porn-hating grandma whoís never seen a dirty picture?

I decided to add to their flimsily constructed sample using a bogus profile I made up, faking my age, profession, amount of education attained, and other pertinent information.

There are forty-two questions in total with the first twenty-six about internet habits: do I seek relationships online, check my emails before doing anything else, become defensive or secretive about my online habits, fear that life would be joyless without the internet? Well, you get the idea.

In fact, there is some validation to those questions. A friend of mine a few years ago fit the profile the researchers are trying to draw. He was incessantly online trying to hook up with women, but not those in porn. Frankly, he doesnít even like porn, but his online use reflected the characteristics the researchers are investigating.

And, what about those twenty-six questions? Not once did the word pornography appear. Bottom line? The questions have nothing to do with adult entertainment, but everything with the intense preoccupation, if it exists, to social media.

That was my friend, a social media hound. But social media does not equate with porn.

The second half of the survey supposedly examines smut trolling habits, like fantasizing about viewing porn, age of first porn exposure, type of porn preferred for online viewing, amount of time spent looking at porn. Should the subjects self-confess to emotional stress (just answering the questions wore me out!) concerning their "addiction," help apparently is on the way. Item forty-one asks participants if they want counseling to overcome their pesky porn demons. Ah, the good deeds of science march on.

I wonder what the research team will do with my results? Throw them out Iím sure because I configured my answers to be confounding and misleading. The survey wanted to know the last time I looked at porn. I said daily, then for a later question I answered that I hadnít seen anything in months. Thatís only one example. But if I could do that so easily, could not others?

Incidentally, one of the questions is worth examining for the adult industry. Number thirty-five asks how much money the survey taker spent on porn and one of the answers was "none," which I marked because when I occasionally need to check stuff out it rarely costs me anything. But the question might tell us something about the degree of online piracy of adult material. An honest set of results for that item is worth a future column assuming the researchers attain any degree of accuracy on the topic.

At no point in the survey was there an opportunity to clarify that I use the internet for a variety of purposes other than pornósocializing, reading the news, getting sports scores, blogging, writing this column, and the like. That question should have been on page one because the researchers assume that respondents are at least porn curious, but more likely addicts. Perhaps that is generally true, but it is not scientifically assured in this study.

Because there is no way to validate exactly who the survey takers are or escape its assumptions, the study is pitifully flawed.

I encourage a review of the studyís conclusions, though I suspect they are constantly in flux as the survey can be taken at any time and probably multiple times. Hereís a press release that gives a flavor of what the researchers are discovering and a link to the survey.

Go online, check it out and throw them a few curves (sorry porn girls, not pun intended) of your own.

HardArt Films

Related Stories

Related Sites - WARNING! Graphic Content


New AINews Website

Top Stories

MWA: 05/08/19

2019 Club EXPO Breaks Record

Emori Pleezer: BDSM Princess

Expo 2019: A Star is Born

AEE 2019: Is Camming the New Porn?

2019 XRCO Awards Nominations Announced

MWA: 04/20/19

MWA: 04/12/19

AEE 2019: Ela Darling

AEE 2019: Sofie Marie

AEE 2019: Cindy Starfall on Swinging and Camming

MWA: 04/10/19

Stunning Summer Now Loves Models Talent Agent

AEE 2019: Christiana Cinn on Porn and Camming

AEE 2019: Bree Mills, Part Two

AEE 2019: Bree Mills, Part One

Alexis Fawx: A Lesson in Self-Awareness

MWA: 04/01/19

AEE 2019: Sofia Rose, BBW Sweetheart

AEE 2019: Taylor Stevens on Camming

AEE 2019: Kelley Cabbana and Camming

MWA: 03/29/19

AEE 2019: Cory Chase

MWA: 03/27/19

MWA: 03/25/19

AEE 2019: Ember Snow Talks Cam Girls

MWA: 03/16/19

MWA: 03/08/19

MWA: 03/01/19

Charlie Biggs RIP

AEE 2019: Vanna Bardot Update

Discloses Searches for Prostitutes

Elements ~ Reviewer Rated

Industry Veteran D. Wise Passes

Decline of Big Girl Market

AEE 2019: The Code and August Ames

AEE 2019: Nina at Thirty-five

Angel Marie at Lust

Sexual Harassment ~ Reviewer Rated

MWA 12/19/18

MWA: 12/12/18

Sarah Vandella: Pushing my Boundaries

MWA: 12/10/18

MWA: 12/08/18

Reagan Foxx: A Ton of Fun

MWA: 11/28/18

MWA: 11/18/18

Depression in the Industry

Vanna Bardot: The Girl with the Braces

Scarlett Mae: Making Sex Feel Natural

MWA: 11/08/18

HardArt's Sexual Harassment Trailer

MWA: 11/07/18

HardArt Announces Sexual Harassment

Love in the Digital Age ~ Reviewer Rated

Being a Pornstar

Sexual Harassment Trailer

HardArt Lauches Website

OneStone Hub

E11EVEN, Nova Win at ED Expo

HardArt Rejects Director Sally Forth

MWA: 08/19/18

Stokely Cherry OTM

August Taylor MILF PoY Nom

Phoenix Divina Hooking

ED Expo Opening Party

Vickie Jay on VNALive

HardArt 3 Pic Deal

Iron Girls 6

Carmen Valentina NightMoves Nom

Dillion Harper at Expose

Texas, Monroe, Valentien to SEXPO

The Puppeteer

Urban X Voting Open

Brooklyn Chase in Madison

HardArt's Hypersexuals a Success!

TES Affiliate Conference

Jessica Johnson Hooking

MWA: 07/27/18

Vote Olive Glass, NightMoves

Attn: Club Owners, Managers, Staff, Entertainers

2018 Inked Awards

Hard Art's Hypersexual

MWA: 07/25/18

Johnson Hosts Urban X

Dee Wallace at Horrorfest

MWA: 07/19/18 - XRCO

AirBnB Discriminates Against Sara Jay

Hard Art Shoots First

MWA: 07/21/18

Holly Hendrix at Exxxotica

Karen Fisher at Exxxotica

Carmen Valentina at Exxxotica

DomCon Registration Opens

Luna Star at Exxxotica

Elvira Receives Price Award

BSF Media Welcomes Sabrina Deep

MWA: 07/18/18

Jenevieve Hexxx Site Launch

Sex Expo NY 2018

MWA: 07/16/18

MWA: 07/15/18

Bush 7

Hard Art Signs Director

Pulse Inks Hard Art

MWA: 06/28/18

New Studio: Hard Art

XRCO Changes Venue

The Roast of April O'Neil

McCullough, Rai on Inside

Morgan, Foxxx CoHo XRCO

Big Ass Rubdown ~ Reviewer Rated

MWA: 05/03/18

MWA: 04/29/18

MWA: 04/28/18

Natasha Nice Free Agent

Holly Hendrix Self Booking

CDC: Undetectable HIV

2018 XRCO Nominees


Natasha Nice Gangbang

Amateur Introductions 26

Sex Expo NY 2018

2018 XRCO Awards Announced

Anal Violation of Bonnie Grey ~ Reviewer Rated

Eros, a Short Film

Lee Signs Victoria June

Maxine X Voted #1

Czernich Releases Heavy Rubber 37

Legal Panel: Weinstein, #MeToo

Consent Checklist

Nice Girls Swallow 10

Paradise Wins Best Condom

Paradise, Astroglide StorErotica Nom

Paradise Marketing New Website

Dennis Paradise Inducted

Stories From


MWA: 05/08/19

AEE 2019: Is Camming the New Porn?

MWA: 04/20/19

MWA: 04/12/19

MWA: 04/10/19

MWA: 04/01/19

MWA: 03/29/19

MWA: 03/27/19

MWA: 03/25/19

MWA: 03/16/19

MWA: 03/08/19

MWA: 03/01/19

AEE 2019: The Code and August Ames

MWA 12/19/18

MWA: 12/12/18

MWA: 12/10/18

MWA: 12/08/18

Depression in the Industry

MWA: 11/28/18

MWA: 11/18/18

MWA: 11/08/18

MWA: 11/07/18

MWA: 07/27/18

MWA: 07/25/18

MWA: 07/19/18 - XRCO

MWA: 07/21/18

MWA: 07/18/18

MWA: 07/16/18

MWA: 07/15/18

MWA: 06/28/18

MWA: 05/03/18

MWA: 04/29/18

MWA: 04/28/18

MWA: 03/04/18

MWA: 02/28/18

MWA: 02/22/18

MWA: 02/18/2018

MWA: 01/16/18

MWA: 12/26/17

MWA: 12/21/17

MWA: 12/16/17

MWA: 12/10/17

MWA: 12/09/17

MWA: 12/06/17

MWA: 12/05/17

Gonzo with Eddie Powell

MWA: 11/07/17

MWA: 10/06/17

MWA: 08/27/17

MWA: 08/26/17

MWA: 07/27/17

MWA: 07/24/17

MWA: 07/01/17

MWA: 06/21/17

Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals Interview

MWA: 06/20/17

MWA: 06/05/17

Getting Into Porn

MWA: 05/27/17

MWA: 05/14/17

MWA: 04/12/17

MWA: 04/11/17

MWA: 03/25/17

MWA: 03/23/17

MWA: 03/12/17

MWA: 03/10/17

MWA: 03/06/17

MWA: 03/05/17

MWA: 03/01/17

MWA: 02/24/17

AEE 2017: A Resounding Success

MWA: 01/09/17

MWA: 01/06/17

MWA: 12/31/16

MWA: 12/20/16

MWA: 12/19/16

MWA: 12/18/16

MWA: 11/01/16

MWA: 10/30/16

MWA: 10/14/16

Are You an iDriver?

MWA: 09/14/16

MWA: 09/12/16

Columns Section Index

Copyright © 1998 - 2018 Adult Industry News (AINews.com)
All materials constituting text, articles, press releases, stories, columns, photographs, graphics, and code on the AINews.com domain are protected by copyright, and either owned by Adult Industry News (AINews.com), or reproduced with permission from other copyright owners. It may be downloaded and printed for personal reference, but not otherwise copied, altered in any way, or transmitted to others, without the written permission of Adult Industry News (AINews.com).