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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BBC, and NPR.

Podcast 258 | Porn Addiction

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about sex and porn addiction—how to recognize it, how to break it—and, conversely, even the possible positive attributes of porn with director, media personality, and adult film star Lisa Ann, and they answer the following questions:

  • Is porn addiction a recognized addiction?
  • How do we better limit access to porn for children?
  • Do we overmoralize porn?
  • Is porn addiction just a matter of self control?
  • Why is Gen Z statistically having the least sex of any generation?
  • What are the pros and cons of porn?
  • Are there age limits for adult film stars?
  • Can a minimalist approach to viewing porn enhance a relationship?
  • How does libido play into relationships?
  • How important is communication in a sexual relationship?
  • What are your thoughts on the difference between guilt and shame being a primary trigger to lead someone to become addicted to porn?
  • How does age affect porn addiction?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at

  • “Guilt tells us something about our actions, but shame says something about our identity.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Learning from your guilt can help you avoid shame.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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