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Coronavirus, stress and porn: When three pandemics converge

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Jay Stringer, a licensed mental health counselor, ordained minister, and author of Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing, penned this timely article on his blog.

Times of uncertainty like the one we’re in naturally intensify anxiety and powerlessness, and with it, the spread of pornography use. We turn to behaviors that provide relief from the difficulties we face, but as we all know, many of the solutions we find only end up intensifying our original distress.

What’s unfolding today is the confluence of three pandemics: COVID-19, pornography, and anxiety. One country that is experiencing this toxic convergence of three pandemics is Italy. The Italian government has taken extensive measures to quarantine the entire country to prevent hospitals from being further overwhelmed.

In response, one of the most popular porn sites in the world offered everyone in Italy free premium porn subscriptions throughout the month of March.

Yes, to “to help keep you company” during a health pandemic, a country is invited to escape an anxiety pandemic by turning to a porn pandemic.

While it’s concerning that a company would promote using human beings for sexual gain, they do so because porn offers two experiences we haven’t been able to find in the coronavirus pandemic: relief and power.

This is the madness of porn use. The very thing we choose to assuage personal and relational problems ends up intensifying them.

Stringer goes on to outline why porn is so destructive, especially in times of uncertainty and primarily because it works to dull our sense of purpose. Rather than turning to porn, Stringer offers six things you can do right now instead.

I’d encourage you to read his blog for more details at jay-stringer.com.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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