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Addicts Seek Help as US Internet Porn Addiction Rates Reach Alarming HeightsNew Web-Based Services Like RemoteWebGuard Help Addicts by Monitoring Online Behavior and Blocking Tempting Sites (April 25, 2011)
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/25/11 -- There's a growing epidemic in the US and it has nothing to do with physical health or the economy. The US, it appears, is addicted to porn. And, it's having drastic effects in the lives of its sufferers. An estimated 200,000 Americans are "Porn Addicts," defined as spending 11 hours or more a week looking at online porn.* Such addictions are a leading cause of infidelity, divorce, job loss, depression and financial instability.
This growing epidemic is a fairly recent one largely due to the fact that for the first time in the history of pornography -- it's free and plentiful. In fact, porn sites represent such a large percentage of online content that they were recently granted their own exclusive domain extension; dot-xxx. Today's internet users have at their fingertips, endless pornographic distractions that, when consumed to excess, can lead to devastating life consequences. With countless free XXX sites and a ubiquitous high speed Internet infrastructure supporting high-def video on computers and mobile devices, sex addicts now have an all-you-can-eat buffet from anywhere around the globe. While most would argue the Internet has improved their lives, for some, sadly this isn't the case.
"The internet is the crack cocaine of sex addiction," says Sean McFarland, a leading therapist specializing in sexual addiction who's appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show and produced the well received documentary "Addicted to Sex." "For many sex addicts, their 'bar' is their computer, the gateway to their insanity. A true Internet addict doesn't have a chance without some sort of filter, as addicts are compulsive, sneaky and willing to go to any length to get high."
In response to this harrowing trend, new services have become available to help people 'help themselves' with their Internet-based addictions. One such service is from Los Angeles-based RemoteWebGuard (www.remotewebguard.com), which provides a unique monitoring system, allowing porn addicts to use the Internet but within limits.
"It's no secret online addictions, particularly pornography-related, are becoming a 'real' issue in today's world," said Dan Uliel, Founder and CEO of RemoteWebGuard. "I started RemoteWebGuard to help a personal friend with an online addiction and it has grown to help others. The system is inexpensive and effective -- users can set online limits for themselves without their ability to override things. It basically helps them establish and maintain 'healthy' Internet habits."
The RemoteWebGuard online system costs as little as $9.99 a month (along with a set-up charge and minimal annual fee) and is available to Mac and PC users. It can also be installed on iPhones and iPads. Other mobile platforms like Android and BlackBerry are in the works. The service is not limited to helping just porn addicts -- it also helps stop a variety of other online addictions including gambling, gaming, and shopping.
"I've been working with RemoteWebGuard for nearly three years now and find the service to be extraordinarily helpful for many of my clients," adds McFarland. "If they suffer from an Internet addiction, they are required to enlist RemoteWebGuard as part of their recovery. I am very grateful to Dan and his dedication to fighting this horrific illness."
* Dr. Alvin Cooper, San Jose Marital and Sexuality Center
RemoteWebGuard is a Web-based Internet monitoring and security system that helps people with online addictions control their online behavior to minimize the negative affects it is causing in their lives. More information about the company and its services is at: http://www.remotewebguard.com
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