Excellent article by Russell Moore addressing the reality that a generation of young men are increasingly addicted to video games and porn:
There’s a key difference between porn and gaming. Pornography can’t be consumed in moderation because it is, by definition, immoral. A video game can be a harmless diversion along the lines of a low-stakes athletic competition. But the compulsive form of gaming shares a key element with porn: both are meant to simulate something, something for which men long.
Pornography promises orgasm without intimacy. Video warfare promises adrenaline without danger. The arousal that makes these so attractive is ultimately spiritual to the core.
Satan isn’t a creator but a plagiarist. His power is parasitic, latching on to good impulses and directing them toward his own purpose. God intends a man to feel the wildness of sexuality in the self-giving union with his wife. And a man is meant to, when necessary, fight for his family, his people, for the weak and vulnerable who are being oppressed.
Read Dr. Moore’s entire post.
Moore cites the e-book The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It, but another important book on why porn can be so addictive is Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain, which I previously reviewed.