How Does Watching Porn Alter The Human Brain?

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How Does Watching Porn Alter The Human Brain?

 

Porn – a subject that will inevitably cause constant debate among those on both sides of the fence. But is it really as bad as it is made out? Can it affect our lives in ways that are seriously detrimental to us? Well, in today’s article, we delve into five ways that porn affects the brain.

Self-gratification is Encouraged

If there is one skill that the healthiest individuals have in common, it’s mastering the art of delayed gratification and discipline. Which allows them to maintain optimal and maximal direction and control in their life. On the flip side, however, if there is one activity that is sure to inhibit the learning and, ultimately, the acquisition of delayed gratification, it’s porn.

Lack of discipline where porn is concerned, i.e., giving in and watching it whenever you so desire, will reduce your ability to implement delayed gratification in your life. Why? Because instantly succumbing to your yearnings makes your brain more and more focused on the things that give you pleasure. So discipline and delayed gratification are left behind in a cloud of dust. We can, therefore, guess that those addicted to porn may be underachieving in life.

Eradicated Values and Unrealistic Expectations

There are no two ways about it; videos are a very, very powerful thing . Particularly when they’re available to billions of people across the World Wide Web. The problem is, videos have the power to massively influence anyone who watches them. Which may, in turn, alter their behavior without them even realizing it; a pretty scary thought, right?

When watching videos, your subconscious mind absorbes what it is being fed and it pocedes to analyze and store it. Studies have shown that our subconscious mind alters our behavior (s) in one particular way – and that way is related to pornography. What does it do? It reduces our standards with regards to sex, i.e., it encourages us to look for sex. In certain instances, it creates intimate and very unhealthy relationships with people who are happy to have sexual intercourse and activity without any limits whatsoever. Although that may sound exciting to some, it does show a distinct lack of discipline. Which can impact other areas of life

Furthermore, pornography may also install unrealistic expectations regarding sex. Particularly in those who have never had sex before or haven’t had many sexual partners. Teenagers may even receive their sex education for watching porn, which is far good given that pornography showcases a wholly warped and exaggerated reality of what real sex is actually like.

A Penis That Doesn’t Work.

Yes, you read that correctly – pornography can cause ED (erectile dysfunction). If there’s one thing that every guy is concerned about, it’s his penis. Over the last decade or so, there has been an increase in porn-induced ED. That, quite frankly, is something we should all be worried about – not just men. Regular viewing of pornography can lead to erections – erections which may then only be brought on by watching porn. In short, that’s very, very unhealthy and something that no man should suffer from.

Moreover, watching porn may also cause psychological and physiological dependence, which could, in turn, manifest itself in the guise of performance anxiety. 

Social Isolation

99.9% of pornography is watched alone – and let’s face it, it pretty much demands self-isolation. Activities that are performed in secret, typically induces shame. One of the primary effects of regular viewing of porn – particularly those who are young – is social awkwardness. That actually creates more feelings of guilt and therefore increases the want to isolate socially. 

Social isolation typically results in a reluctance to share intimacy with others, which may, in turn, inhibit the real growth and maturity of a person.

Lack of Goals

Although this is based entirely on anecdotal evidence, I have never known anyone who is addicted to porn to be ‘go-getters’ and have clear, identifiable goals for their lives. It’s no coincidence that those hooked on porn struggle with many typical aspects of life, such as money, employment, relationships, and the like. The previously-mentioned self-gratification (and lack of delayed gratification) cannot exist with the achievement of worthy, challenging goals. 

The neurotransmitter dopamine is one of the major players in the parts of the brain that are responsible for reward-influenced behavior. Getting approval (in ‘real’ life or on social media), eating tasty food and sex all induce dopamine. Therefore, the more porn we watch, the more our brains are swamped with dopamine, which ultimately decreases its impact by desensitizing the brain to its effects.

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