People in the dating stage of life are finding that pornography can complicate relationships. Our panel understands this reality and shares what a single person needs to know about building honesty and trust for successful relationships.
This session was part of the Utah Coalition Against Pornography Conference in Salt Lake City on April 18, 2015.
Annie Vandermyde is a hair stylist, photographer, and single mom on the road to recovery after dealing with the consequences of a loved one’s addiction to pornography. She understands and encourages those who are dealing with either side of this addiction, and is learning what to be aware of and how to build a healthy relationship.
Bonnie Young is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Brigham Young University. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from BYU. Under the advisement of Dr. Brian Willoughby, she has conducted research on the influence of pornography on relationships, communication, and self-perception among emerging adults. She will be presenting her research on the influence of pornography on communication patterns in committed relationships at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in November. Bonnie enjoys trail running, frozen yogurt, and history.
Evan Vilos is a recently married social media manager. He met his wife, Jordan, while he was in the LifeStar Network program for pornography addiction recovery. The challenging experience of working through the impact of this issue on their relationship ultimately led them to a closer relationship and beginning a strong marriage based on trust.