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3 Shocking Things Apple And The Porn Industry Have In Common

How They Keep You Crawling On Your Knees For More

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It all started out as innocent fun for Meredith Hale. Once a day, she would pleasure herself online and regularly search through the latest posts. Hale began waking up in cold sweats, craving more of the pleasure she had discovered, and so she secretly began doing it in her bed. During her days filled with children's activities and motherly duties, Hale constantly found herself craving a fix for her desires. "Just one more minute!" she would shamefully tell her children as they begged for her to come out of the bedroom and play. Hale feared her kids would grow up and become the same as her - ashamed, out of touch, and addicted. Hale hopelessly admits she was not being the mom her kids deserved, so she surrendered her iPhone in order to put an end to the addiction.

Wait, did you think I was talking about porn? I don't blame you. This story posted on The Washington Post reveals how Apple and the porn industry have a lot more in common than you may think.

1. You Love [Insert Apple or Porn] Because It's Liberating!

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There was no better feeling than the day you received your very first iPhone. Some may even compare this to the day they discovered online porn. Why? Because both Apple and online porn have given individuals of all ages, the chance to claim freedom. High-speed data and access to Wi-Fi, have allowed users to no longer wait for answers to questions, or watch guilty TV shows in the family room, or write subversive fanfiction on their parent's computers. Apple has provided technology as a means of liberation. A simple trip to the Apple store will satisfy your ability to make your own choices, just as one might say about googling porn.

With more accessibility and anonymity online, the number of online searches have spiked, with over a ¼ the searches involving porn. A survey consisting of 62 females and 42 males, carried out in 2012 by Mary Ann Watson for the American Journal of Sexual Education, revealed how online pornography was a safe way to privately explore, experiment, and expand sexual knowledge. Since individuals have the choice to watch porn whenever they want, without being limited or watched, online pornography can help men and women feel more comfortable expressing their sexuality, giving them a taste of sweet liberation.

2. You Can't Live Without It

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When you find a product that's easily accessible and available 24/7, it's possible to develop psychological compulsive behaviours, which is similar to drug, food, and porn addictions. Using an iPhone can cause the chemical dopamine to submerge into the ventral striatum of the brain and enhance pleasure. Martin Lindstrom, Danish author of Brandwashed and Buyology, posted an article on The New York Times, stating "we are not just addicted to iPhones, we are "in love" with them". Out of 16 individual's Lindstrom experimented with, all of them showed flurry activation in the insular cortex of the brain, the part of the brain that is associated with feelings of compassion and love. Individuals are responding to their phones, as if they were responding to family members or significant others.

Viewing pornography seeps dopamine into the same part of the brain, which is responsible for emotion and learning. This is what gives individuals the need to have "xyz" right now and only now. A 2004 study conducted by Simon Hardy, head of University of Worcester's History, Politics, and Sociology departments, revealed how this aspect of pornography can be beneficial since it plays a part in forming sexual identities, practices, and experiences. However, Hardy also mentions other studies have shown how this empowerment is sold majorly through the porn industry, and can be harmful on teenage boys and girls perception of sex.

3. Behind the Scenes Isn't as Pretty as the Final Product

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Apple promotes their customers as having the freedom to choose between their products, however, their customers don't have a choice in how their goods are manufactured. This unveils Apple's ultimate goal: Distract the customer from asking, "Who made this iPhone?". Debby Chan, a human rights activist based in Hong Kong, stated how over 1,000,000 workers assemble Apple iPhone's at Foxconn in China, 24 hours 7 days a week. Ananya Bhattacharya, online writer for Quartz News, mentioned in her "It's not just Foxconn" article, how over 62% of employees worked over 100 hours overtime in March of 2016. Forced overtime labour continuously happens, as well as the abusive use of student workers and extreme health violations, which are all linked to the outpour of the Foxconn suicides.

When it comes to the porn industry, adult performers must appear as if they are having the best sex in their entire lives. One cry for "stop!" will break the mood in the scene, and cause viewer's to step out of their liberating, fantasy worlds, and question "Why did they cry to stop?". In 2007 Corita Grudzen and Peter Kerndt, STD-related researchers, wrote on how it's time to regulate the adult film industry. Their studies reveal how adult film performers engage in prolonged sexual acts with multiple partners over short periods of time. This raises the transmission of HIV, chlamydia, and other STDs, especially from vaginal-anal intercourse. Condoms, which would decrease these chances, are only used by 17% of adult performers in heterosexual films, and are only required by 2 of the 200 adult film companies.

The porn industry is corrupted with abuse, forced work, and disease, just as Apple is riddled with abuse, forced labour, and disease from unhealthy work conditions.

Are you still crawling on your knees for more?

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