Hi. First i understand you and your frustration. That said, this is not a problem and i think you know it but just don't know why it is like that. Imagine a guy working in a lumber sawing company. He is at the quality control and watch 2x4 passing all day long. He is bored to tears and receive no joy at all other than the dream of having a pay check from all this. Now most men (at least those that have a chance to reproduce) will need good skill to find attractive women.
What feel like an attractive women is simply an external showing that a women have high chance to be very fertile due to high level of estrogene. Because this is a needed task for men, nature made them to like doing that sorting (unlike 2x4) by rewarding it with endorphine (pleasure) just like sex, food, hot bath etc... Like with all drugs, it can become addicting and some react more than other to that activity. That sorting/scanning mode almost take all the brain as you will notice men starting to start talking more slowly if a bombshell walk in their line of view when they talk. That kind of brain work (compiling all kind of body ratio very fast) would be very tedious if the men brains were not made the way they are.
If you bother him too much with that he will resent you and start to see you as an enemy instead of a life partner. It is his hobby, support him in that, as long as it only involve watching and not touching, no harm is done.
Internet made that easy but i never saw a Mechanic shop even when i was a alittle kid without a women callendar (or more) somewhere (usually not even the good year as the goal is just to get some endorphine and have nothing with date keeping).
The reason why he initially lied is that he probably beleived he was able to quit, but the urge was stronger than him. It is like asking to some women to not buy new shoes for 5 years :) (there is always an evolutive reason behin those things, the market only make it easier for us to furfill our craving).