Neuro-physiological porn addiction detection using machine learning approach

Norhaslinda Kamaruddin, Abdul Wahab, Yasmeen Rozaidi


Pornography is a portrayal of sexual subject contents for the exclusive purpose of sexual arousal that can lead to addiction. The availability and easy accessibility of the Internet connectivity have created unprecedented opportunities for sexual education, learning, and growth for adolescences to be in the rise. Hence, the risk of porn addiction developed by teenagers has also increased due to highly prevalent porn consumption. To date, the only available means of detecting porn addiction is through questionnaire. However, while answering the questions, participants may suppress or exaggerate their answers because porn addiction is considered taboo in the community. Hence, the purpose of this project is to develop an engine with multiple classifiers to recognize porn addiction using electroencephalography (EEG) signals and to compare classifiers performance. In the experimental study, the neuro-physiological signals of EEG data were collected previously in Indonesia among students age 9 to 13 years old by researchers from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). The EEG data were pre-processed, and relevant features are extracted using Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC). Then, the features are classified to produce the outputs of valance and arousal. Subsequently, three different classifiers of Multilayer Perceptron (MLP), Naive Bayesian (NB), and Random Forest (RF) are employed to determine whether the participant is a porn addict or otherwise. The experimental results show that the MLP classifier yields slightly better accuracy compared to Naïve Bayes and Random Forest classifiers making the MLP classifier preferable for porn addiction recognition. Although this work is still at infancy stage, it is envisaged for the work to be expanded for comprehensive porn addiction recognition system so that early intervention and appropriate support can be given for the teenagers with pornography addiction problem.


Electroencephalogram (EEG), Porn addiction, Multi-layer perceptron, Naïve bayes, Random forest

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The Indonesian Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (IJEECS)
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