Friday, 30 January 2015

Research on the effects of porn


I read an interesting article on recent scientific studies on the effects of porn on the human brain. Even more interesting was the fact the article was published in men's magazine; GQ. 

Porn is hardly the new kid on the block nor is it a recent phenomenon that people watch it. What is new about porn though is the emergence (finally) of scientific research into the effects of porn. This research studies the effect of porn on the individual brain, on viewers' sex lives, on the status of their relationships and even the effects on their physical biology. 


It might come as a surprise that scientists at Cambridge University recently studied the brain scans of porn addicts and found that they looked exactly like those of drug addicts. The serious addiction to porn is not to be underestimated. I've been there, it is like a drug. 

With over 420 million internet sites dedicated to porn and technology that allows you to access it at will, (without the embarrassment of having to walk into a milk bar to buy a magazine), there is potential for huge numbers of porn addicts handicapped with an addiction as strong as drug addicts. 

This revelation itself is alarming but for those that still don't see the extent of the problem, here are some stats from a recent survey of a Reddit community called NoFap, which has helped researchers open the door to a better understanding of the effects of pornography on our lives (taken from the GQ article referenced above):

1. For those addicted to porn, arousal actually declined with the same mate, while those who regularly found different mates were able to continual their arousal. It's known as the Coolidge Effect, or novelty-seeking behavior. Porn, after all, trains the viewer to expect constant newness. This is hardly conducive to faithful, successful marriages and the unity of families. 

2. One in five people who regularly watch porn admitted to feeling controlled by their own sexual desires. 

3. 12 percent of NoFappers report watching 5 or more hours of Internet porn every week. 59 percent report watching between 4 and 15 hours of porn every week.

4. Almost 50 percent of those on NoFap have never had sex in their lives, meaning their only experience with intimacy is purely digital. Hardly conducive to dating and having the social know-how to engage with the opposite sex. 

5. 42 percent of male college students report visiting porn sites regularly.

6. 53 percent of the NoFappers developed a regular porn habit between the ages of 12 and 14. An alarming 16 percent said they started watching before they were 12.

7. 64 percent report that their tastes in porn have become more extreme or deviant. 

8. Among 27-31 year olds on NoFap: 19 percent suffer from premature ejaculation, 25 percent are disinterested in sex with their partner, 31 percent have difficulty reaching orgasm, and 34 percent experience erectile dysfunction.

9. After committing to no masturbation/porn, 60 percent of those on NoFap felt that their sexual functions had improved.

10. And 67 percent had an increase in energy levels as well as productivity. 

Last year I wrote about the effect porn has on an individual and on relationships. You can view that here

My opinion was based on a personal and former porn addiction. In that article I mentioned many of the effects researchers have now found without ever having seen the stats. 

This research couldn't come soon enough and the results of these studies are crucial in order to counter the silent killer of morals and virtue in society; which pornogrophy is. 

While many believe porn is just a thing people do (guys to a much larger extent) it is not normal. It creates massive trust issues in relationships (it makes the non-porn viewer feel subordinate to porn stars), it affects the love lives of those relationships (many guys can't perform in the bedroom unless they either look at porn or conjure it up in their memory) and it degrades largely women as mere objects to be used as viewing pleasure, or worse in some porn, objects to incite violence upon.

So next time someone tells you it is normal for a guy to watch porn, ask them why it's not so normal for them to proclaim that to everyone. I'm yet to hear a guy tell his wife he's off to the study to watch porn. I'm also yet to see an employee openly watch porn at their work desk.

Its affecting our brains, our physicality and our relationships. It's time to think twice about porn.

All the best,
Dom Meese

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