Porn Escalation: Why It’s Even Worse Than You Think

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Porn Escalation: Why It’s Even Worse Than You Think

Many people watch porn, in fact it is even more common than one might think. For most people, watching porn every once in a while is a great way to release sexual tension and when used in the right context with your partner, can even increase intimacy. However, as with anything in life when you consume too much it can be a bad thing. In fact, frequently viewing porn can lead to something known as porn escalation. Since porn is naturally addictive, people tend to need more and more of it in order to maintain the same levels of excitement. People who watch porn a lot can come to a point where they start to enjoy it less, but still want more of it.

Do you ever think about people in the porn industry that charge for their products, when there is so much porn already available for free? The reason that porn producers can charge for their products is because once a person consumes porn frequently and becomes hooked, they want to see more and more. Viewing free porn is just wetting their appetite. Think about how many people become hooked on a drug, chances are they tried it once for free and then realized how good it made them feel so they started buying more. Porn is similar as the more that you watch, the more that you want to see.

Porn Escalation and the Brain

 

Porn Escalation
In order to truly understand why porn escalation occurs, it is necessary to understand how the brain works. Like any other type of substance that is potentially addictive, porn will trigger dopamine into the area of the brain known as the reward center. Essentially, the reward center of the brain makes you feel good whenever you do something enjoyable, such as exercising, having sex, or eating a good meal. This good feeling or high that is triggered in the brain makes you want to repeat these behaviors.

Recently researchers have found that there are actually two different areas of the reward center in the brain. One is the liking system and the other is the wanting system. Each of these work in different ways.

Liking

This area of the brain is actually just a small part. The “liking” area of the reward center is what will provide enjoyable feelings such as when you do something healthy and natural. However, this area of the brain can also be lit up for things that are not good for you as well such as smoking cigarettes or watching porn. This is one of the reasons why substances that are addictive are enjoyable when you first start doing them.

When the liking system is overstimulated throughout time, it can cause your pleasure to go down. This is when use of a substance tends to escalate, such as watching more and more porn or doing more drugs. You essentially have to do more to get those same highs that you were experiencing in the beginning.

Wanting

This area of the brain is the larger part of the reward center and actually causes the brain to create new connections when responding to intense pleasure. This area of the brain is called the wanting area because the new connections actually make you crave more pleasurable experiences. Besides, the stronger these new connections get, the cravings become more intense.

Not only does this area of the brain make you remember the experience that was pleasurable, but it also makes associated connections. For example, a person who quits smoking might start again simply because they smell cigarette smoke on someone and their cravings become too intense to ignore.

Your Brain on Porn

When it comes to watching porn, the wanting area of the brain becomes sensitive to outside cues that cause you to crave more. While this is happening, the liking area of the brain is becoming less pleasure sensitive. The irony of being addicted to a substance is that while you start to want more, you tend to like it even less.

Porn escalation occurs as people develop tolerance. Types of porn that used to get them excited start to seem boring. To compensate for the boredom, users will spend more time watching porn and often will start to seek out more hardcore porn material as they are trying to get the same excitement they felt when they first started watching porn. Aggression, violence, and edgier pornography will creep into their fantasies and porn habits.

Watching porn in moderation is still a bad thing. However, if you find that you are starting to watch more and more porn and are getting less pleasure from your viewing habits, taking a break is a good idea. Porn escalation can be dangerous as it leads to more aggressive behaviors.

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