A new study has found that porn addicts – at least those who love watching porn in their alone time – may be more anxious when it comes to starting and continuing a relationship.

Researchers say that this feeling is more strong in self-proclaimed porn addicts. The study found that such people may struggle to maintain a romantic relationship as they feel unworthy about themselves to go on dates.

University of Utah scientists published a study in Journal of Sex Research based on analysis of 350 men and 336 women. They found that self-proclaimed porn addicts were more likely to agree with statements including ‘I feel unworthy to go on dates because of my pornography use,’ ‘I stop dating when I am using pornography,’ and ‘I have withheld details about my pornography use because I am afraid my partner will react negatively.’

Analysis revealed that religious porn users were more likely to describe their habit as addictive, regardless of how often they used it. Scientists say that porn addicts start believing they are undesirable as a romantic partner or “damaged goods” in the dating market.

Researchers urge people with pron addiction to refrain from isolation and secrecy as it would make their problems worse rather than solving them.

“One reason we think this is happening is because religious individuals, who are often told pornography is morally wrong, are more likely to experience negative emotions like depression and shame from pornography use,” authors noted.

Merely thinking about sex can make men and women more open and outgoing.