Porn is not real; how to recognise an addiction: Health Check Ep 49

  • 14 Apr 2021

Health Check Ep 49: Porn is not real; how to recognise an addiction 16:20 mins Synopsis: This is a fortnightly podcast series on Wednesdays by The Straits Times.    Online porn use has reportedly gone up during the Covid-19 pandemic as reported by The Economist in May. However, there's a dark side to porn. Excessive consumption of porn affects the viewer, his or her relationships and society.  Viewing pornography can become a lifelong addiction. In this episode, ST senior health correspondent Joyce Teo hosts Andrew da Roza, an addictions psychotherapist who specialises in sex addiction at Promises Healthcare. They discuss how a predatory porn industry is out there trying to get to children, how harmful online porn addiction can be, and what you can do about it. Why parents need to buy porn-blocking and activity tracking software with the most popular version used here, being Net Nanny (3:45) Parents should know how porn can be damaging for a child's brain development (5:23) Why porn addiction is recognised in other countries as a serious mental health crisis; its impact on fear of real relationships and how scientifically, it hijacks healthy sexual development in youth (6:03) Treatment options for youth and adults and the various types of patients with varying levels of porn addiction (9:39) Produced by: Joyce Teo (joyceteo@sph.com.sg), Penelope Lee and Ernest Luis Edited by: Penelope Lee Subscribe to Health Check Podcast channel, hear the latest episodes every first and third Wednesday of the month and rate us on your favourite audio apps: Channel: https://str.sg/JWaN Apple Podcasts: https://str.sg/JWRX Spotify: https://str.sg/JWaQ Google Podcasts: https://str.sg/J6Wv  Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg Read Joyce Teo's stories: https://str.sg/JbxN --- Discover more ST podcast series: Asian Insider Podcast: https://str.sg/JWa7 Green Pulse Podcast: https://str.sg/JWaf ST Sports Talk Podcast: https://str.sg/JWRE Life Weekend Picks Podcast: https://str.sg/JWa2 #PopVultures Podcast: https://str.sg/JWad Bookmark This! Podcast: https://str.sg/JWas Lunch With Sumiko Podcast: https://str.sg/J6hQ Discover BT Podcasts:  http://bt.sg/podcasts Follow our shows then, if you like short, practical podcasts! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.