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A porn addiction expert has claimed the OnlyFans boom during lockdown was the birth of a generation of porn addicts.

Joshua Shea, who posts as @thatcorncoach on TikTok, became concerned about OnlyFans when it began attracting furloughed hospitality and retail staff – aged between 18 and 30 – who took to earning huge figures on the app and had no plans to go back.

He wrote a book and made videos of TikTok around the subject – giving a stark warning that in around 15 to 20 years, society will be reaping the consequences of a generation that has become desensitised to pornography and don't know much of life when their income depletes.

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Speaking to the Daily Star, he explained: "In two years, on this one site alone, more than 1.7 million 'porn stars' were born. Now think about all of the other cam sites out there.

"I wouldn't guess that 2.5 to 3 million people, conservatively turned to 'DIY porn' during the pandemic.

"When I followed up with the OnlyFans models a few months later, the veterans gave me great insight into how their typical client had changed in the first few months of the pandemic, not just with spending habits, but with demographics and their mindsets.

"More fascinating were the rookies. Instead of hearing a lot of 'the money is terrific' or 'I'll be glad when I can get back to my real job' I heard some really distressing stories.

A lot of the younger models, both men and women, talked about how they finally felt like they found their place in the world.

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He also explained how he was worried about the mental health of OnlyFans stars who had no confidence in themselves without creating explicit content and the physical safety of young women speaking to strange men online.

"One young woman telling me she couldn't get a date in real life and now she had men around the world begging to fly her to see them for a vacation," he added.

"Another told me that they felt pretty and special for the first time and the money had become not important.

"Essentially, what I heard was a bunch of people who were getting addicted to making porn because they got those rushes of dopamine and oxytocin.

"What I wonder is if, in 20 years, we're going to see 45-year-old men and women on OnlyFans making a fraction of what they're doing today, but still doing it because they want to be told they are pretty or special.

"That's the real drug in all of this. I think that in 15 or 20 years, when we see porn-producing addicts in higher numbers, we'll see the true legacy was on the production side, not the consumer side."

However, OnlyFans said it has put limits for consumers on its site.

A spokesperson said: “OnlyFans is only accessible to users and creators over the age of 18 and operates on a subscription model so 100 per cent of adult content is behind a paywall.

"OnlyFans is committed to responsible business practices and has dedicated resources to protect its community. We place limits on the value of tips fans can spend to ensure payment protection for users.”

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