Porn addiction and dating

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Causes can of course be more complex, while for some – a fast-growing number, according to Hall – it’s simply opportunity-induced.“The reality of the Western world today means you can find anything you desire easily and anonymously.

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“I could have dealt with a gambling addiction or alcoholism – anything but this,” Rachel confirms.

“The presumption is that the partner knew at some level what was going on and was ‘enabling’ it, which is frankly an insult.

The reality for most partners I see is that they experience phenomenal shock.” The damage to self-esteem, she continues, isn’t just about the sexualised behaviour, such as visits to prostitutes that partners never knew about.

It’s the fact that they’ve lived with someone so long and had no idea.

“These guys, and it is mostly guys, are on the whole loving husbands, yet they did this right under your nose, leaving you unable to trust your partner, or even your own judgements,” she explains.

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