Porn: What’s not to love, really? It enables dudes all over the world to watch hot chicks fulfill their sexual fantasies — and thanks to something called the Internet, there’s a seemingly never-ending supply of it in video form. But while lots of guys indulge in occasional vice, when does the enjoyment of porn escalate to a full-blown addiction? It might be more difficult to tell than you think.

“Many men don’t think about their porn use as being a problem until they start experiencing the physical symptoms of overuse. They then try to stop and find they can’t," says sexologist and sex addiction specialist Dr. Paula Hall, the author of Understanding and Treating Sex Addiction.

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Hopefully this doesn't sound too familiar—but every guy has wondered at some point, right? This quiz is designed to give you some insight! But let's be honest, here: “Deciding whether or not you’re addicted to pornography is not a simple yes-or-no exercise,” says Hall. “Some people have a mild addiction, some severe and some are at risk, but not yet addicted.” For a proper assessment, Hall recommends making an appointment with a therapist who specializes in the field.

Next: Click to take our quiz to find out if you’re addicted to porn >>>

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Keep track of your answers and total up your score at the end:

Do you spend more than 11 hours a week viewing porn?
Never: 0
Occasionally: 1
Often: 2
Most of the time: 3

Does your porn viewing have a negative impact on your relationship with your partner?
Never: 0
Occasionally: 1
Often: 2
Most of the time: 3

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Does your porn viewing get in the way of your work or seeing friends and family?
Never: 0
Occasionally: 1
Often: 2
Most of the time: 3

Do you ever choose to watch porn over hanging out with friends or family?
Never: 0
Occasionally: 1
Often: 2
Most of the time: 3

Next: Keep a tally of your score and click for the next question >>>

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How often do you use porn as a way of making yourself feel less depressed or bored?
Never: 0
Occasionally: 1
Often: 2
Most of the time: 3

Do you ever feel like you should try to stop watching porn?
Never: 0
Occasionally: 1
Often: 2
Most of the time: 3

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Do you ever have problems getting hard or ejaculating with your partner?
Never: 0
Occasionally: 1
Often: 2
Most of the time: 3

Do you fantasize about what you’ve seen online to get in the mood for sex?
Never: 0
Occasionally: 1
Often: 2
Most of the time: 3

Have you found that you need more and more porn, or that you have to visit increasingly hardcore sites to get the same buzz?
Never: 0
Occasionally: 1
Often: 2
Most of the time: 3

Next: Count your total points and find out your score >>>

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SCORE

Under 8 – You’re probably not a porn addict. But if you have a family history of addiction, you could still be considered ‘at risk.’ “Make sure you have sexual experiences that are porn-free, and develop a range of strategies for coping with stress and boredom,” says Hall. “And if you feel your porn usage is creeping up, cut back for a while so your dopamine levels can re-calibrate.” Dopamine is the pleasure chemical that's released when people view porn (or have sex, eat food, etc.), but the more you release it, the more you need to get the same buzz, says Hall. “That's why people with porn addiction find their behaviors escalate to spending more and more time online and/or watching harder and harder core porn. Like alcohol, cutting back or quitting for a while will lower your tolerance again.”

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9- 15 – Your porn habit is bordering on being “problematic”—so use this as a time to get a grip! Cut back a bit. Hall explains “porn is often the easy solution to dealing with life problems, but remember that it often causes the very problems that you’re trying to escape." If you’re having issues with your asshole boss or your high-maintenance girlfriend, try facing them head-on.

16-20 – “You almost definitely have a porn addiction, and it’s likely that you’ve struggled for quite some time to stop it,” says Hall. If you’re already noticing that porn is having a negative impact on your life, your relationships, or your sexual functioning, now is the time to do something about it. Hall recommends seeking out a 12-step group like Sex Addicts Anonymous or making an appointment to see a sex addiction therapist

20+ - “If you’ve scored over 20 and haven’t tried to get help yet, please do so today,” says Hall. “Like many people with a serious addiction, you probably don’t even enjoy porn any more—but for some reason, you just can’t explain why you feel driven to it. What started as a pleasurable pastime turned into a habit and then into a curse.” At this point, Hall says, your addiction is likely robbing you of reaching your goals and enjoying partnered sex. “This is a problem you can beat, and the sooner you take action, the sooner you can get on with your life.”

Assessment tool created by Paula Hall, Author of Understanding & Treating Sex Addiction (Routledge, 2012) and founder of sexaddictionhelp.co.uk. Further help and advice also available at yourbrainonporn.com

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