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Are porn blockers effective? (simple answer)

Access to explicit content is readily available, almost anywhere.

If you have a phone, you have access.

Many parents, guardians, and individuals are rightly concerned about exposure to pornography. What's worse, porn can be incredibly addicting, making it nearly impossible to get free without some kind of blocking software.

But that software is available.

And if society gives you something that helps, take it.

Porn blockers are exactly what they sound like. Through several different methods they're able to block or severely limit access to most adult content online. 

But are porn blockers effective?

The most effective way to stop using porn

Covenant Eyes is an accountability program that allows you to send reports to trusted friends and/or family members that will show them your internet activity and help keep you free from pornography.

Yes, to a certain extent

Porn blockers are effective, to some degree, in limiting access to porn. They work by using filters that analyze website content and block access to websites that are known to host explicit material or have explicit keywords.

This helps tremendously with porn addiction and can be an effective setup for families where you need to protect multiple devices.

It's especially important when kids are involved.

But, they are not foolproof

There are always new websites and even new "keywords" or slang that porn filters and blockers might not catch.

It's also particularly difficult for these blockers to monitor social media content, where keywords are often absent and little to no context is provided. Some porn blockers have started to employ image recognition software, which is part of the Covenant Eyes system. These algorithms can detect explicit content by analyzing images, regardless of the website.

It's a lot more effective than basic URL and keyword blocking.

Multiple approaches are extremely helpful when it comes to porn blockers, so getting something that incorporates traditional blacklists, image recognition, and accountability (the buddy system) is ideal.

But, again, nothing is foolproof. 

False Positives/Negatives 

Since porn blockers use blacklists, simple keyword checkers, and algorithms to decipher if a website contains explicit content, they can sometimes produce false positives or negatives.

False positives may block harmless websites with innocent content, while false negatives may fail to block some explicit content.

A great example: This website is, ironically, often blocked by porn filters. 

This can lead to frustration and limitations in web browsing.

Supervision and Accountability

Relying solely on porn blockers is not a substitute for active parental or guardian supervision.

And like I mentioned earlier, an accountability partner to help you quit can be a very effective, even crucial, piece of the puzzle. 

Your best option is to stack the odds in your favor.

If you're a parent, make sure to supervise your family's internet access.

If you're struggling with a pornography addiction, make sure to get some help from a real person, in addition to taking advantage of the software.

Wrap Up 

Despite some limitations, porn blockers are incredibly effective, especially when paired with the buddy system, parental supervision, and/or other layers of protection. They're a tool, and a gift that you should take advantage of, whether you're addicted to porn, trying to prevent an addiction, or trying to help someone who is.

If you have questions or want to share your story, please feel free to do so in the comments section below.

We'll help out as much as we can.

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