Lot of People Buying Porn Blockers—for Themselves

Salon picks up on trend among worried addicts

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 11, 2013 7:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – Companies that sell porn-blocking software to protect innocent eyes are actually making a nice buck off not-so-innocent eyes as well—adults who want to kick the habit but can't do so on their own. "Welcome to the new age of porn-blockers," writes Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon. "It’s not just for kids anymore." One big company, Net Nanny, conducted a customer poll to figure out the typical age its software was bought to shield. Answer: 24.

"We have requests almost weekly from adults who want our customer service reps to manage their password," says the CEO. Ditto at PageClean, whose founder thinks smartphones combined with the ubiquitous nature of porn is a big problem for addicts or borderline addicts. "Having an iPhone makes it really hard to quit porn,” he says. "Imagine trying to quit smoking if you were carrying a pack of cigarettes in your pocket all the time.” Click for the full post.

A computer user is silhouetted with a row of computer monitors at an Internet cafe.
A computer user is silhouetted with a row of computer monitors at an Internet cafe.   (AP Photo)
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