Porn is available anywhere, any time these days – on the Internet, cable television, cell phones, iPods, and more. Unlike just a decade ago, it’s often free and difficult to avoid. In fact, you can see more porn in a few minutes online than most people saw during their entire lifetime a generation ago. And today’s porn offers a plethora of images that cater to many tastes and temperaments, from soft-core porn to things like bondage, violent sexual acts, and child sexual abuse. It also has the power to shape sexual interests and behaviors, and create negative consequence in people’s emotional, physical, social, relationship, and spiritual lives like never before.

It’s no wonder that more and more porn users are asking themselves, “Do I have a problem with porn?” Perhaps, you are one of them, or you may know someone who is.

A quick way to examine whether porn has become (or is becoming) a problem in your life is to ask yourself these five questions:

1. Is porn hurting my sex life with a partner — or my chances of having a satisfying sex life with a partner?

2. Is porn use decreasing my self-esteem and respect for others?

3. Is using porn interfering with other parts of my life, such as doing my job well, studying for school, getting enough sleep, or spending time with my family?

4. Has my porn use become addictive or compulsive?

5. Is porn use leading to risky, dangerous, or illegal behaviors?

A “yes” answer to any one of the five questions above can indicate a problem with porn and the need to take action to address it.