Is Porn Bad for Your Brain?

Is porn bad for your brain? Many of the porn-watchers have this question in their mind. 50%-70% of the internet users indulge themselves in porn, but the majority of them sulk at owning to it.

Is Porn Bad for Your Brain?

With the growing era of the internet and easy access to the internet, access to porn has become easy that even children who aren’t matured yet watch and enjoy porn, courtesy of technology.

Apart from children, porn can also affect adults. College is one of the few places where they have more chances of exploring. In one of the surveys that were conducted in a college, it was found that 70% of the males and about 50% of the females accepted that somewhere in their life, they have watched sexually explicit videos, let alone the population who might have watched but did not confess. This survey depicts that pornography has become the king of the internet.

The Link between Porn and Quality of Life

Anything that you include in your daily routine is going to affect the quality of your life. The same goes for porn. Porn will affect the quality of your life in many ways, regardless of how you incorporate it into your life.

An addiction to pornography can be damaging to your life. When you discuss porn, there are ways in which you can get help, or you can get to know about its good and bad aspects. But when you keep something to yourself, you cannot figure out the extent up to which it is healthy. Though the internet is there to help you out, it can in no way be able to do what a human can do.

When you incorporate porn into your daily life, it becomes a habit and gradually becomes an obsession or an addiction without you realizing it.

You will slowly cut off from your surrounding and social life because you will always feel this urge to watch such videos. Well, that’s how addictions are meant to be, be it of drugs or pornography.

Slowly you will become lonely and hence less productive. You will become less social and your mind will always think about this drug causing you a distraction.

Porn will always be in your head and that is not the quality of life that anyone would desire. Living in a virtual world all the time can be life-ruining.

Some Myths about Porn

The virtual world can be misleading and can give rise to many myths. These are thrown around the internet to promote porn, and some may also be a product of your mindset. Some such myths have been busted below:

#1. For satisfying sex, you always need to try different extreme positions

Of course, a mere one position can become boring after a certain time, and therefore it is often advised to try new positions but within reasons. Everyone doesn’t need to be comfortable with extreme positions, as shown in the videos, and that is not how sex works.

#2. You are bad at sex if you cannot do it for at least half an hour as they show in the video

This is one of the most common myths that people have. No, you do not need 30-minute sex. That is not the reality, porn is like a movie, there are actors and directors and there are many things that go on behind the camera.

#3. You get an erection as soon as you think about sex

Most porn films do not give importance to foreplay, while in real life foreplay can actually make the sex great. It is impossible to get an erection just by thinking of sex and foreplay helps with that. Moreover, it also strengthens the romance and hence leads to better sex. You would want to enjoy the sex and not just do it.

#4. Only the V and the P are important

Most porn movies only care about the V and the P while ignoring the rest of the body. That is so not the case. There are other body parts that your partner would like to touch and kiss like the neck, back,  and any other part which arouses them sexually.

#5. Only fast sex works

Of course, unless you are in a hurry and need a quickie. Good sex comprises of variations, and not always slow or always fast. One can still achieve an orgasm while having slow romantic sex as well.

#6. You will have to meet the level of what they show

Remember that porn is a movie, and the actors get paid behind the cameras. There are breaks and drugs for the arousal. Real-life sex is different from what they show in porn and fact, better. Do not expect yourself or your partner to be what they show on the internet.

So, what does porn do for the brain?

Whatever you will incorporate in your life will affect your brain. Your brain remains healthy when you incorporate healthy acts, and unhealthy habits adversely affect the brain. Porn, when it becomes an addiction, is not good for your health.

According to the research of the Max Planck Institute of Berlin, porn could shrink a part of your brain that is related to pleasure. In the research, 60 men were shown pornographic images and videos. As a result, the part of the brain called the striatum was found to become smaller in those men who watched more porn. The striatum is responsible for making up the reward system and the smaller its size gets, the more graphic material is required to get aroused. This is how porn affects your brain system.

Watching too much porn makes it difficult for you to get aroused day by day, and to satisfy that you will consume more and more such sexually explicit videos or images. You will start living in a virtual world more and less able to enjoy the actual sex.

5 Ways Porn is harmful to the brain and body

Anything which forms an addiction becomes harmful for us. Porn is no exception. When consumed too much, it will have adverse effects on our body and our mind in some of the other forms. Here are five ways in which porn can be harmful to your brain and your body.

Increases unrealistic expectations

We expect our partner to act the same way, to do the same extreme positions, make those faces, be super fast, do it for hours, etc. When these things do not happen, there is no more good sex for you.

Gradually you will become less social because you would want to utilize that time on watching such sexually explicit videos.

In pornography, matters of consent, cheating, or any such matters are often dealt with ignorance and when that happens, people think it’s okay to do what they do in the video.

May cause erectile dysfunction

This happens because when you watch a lot of porn as your expectations increase as discussed above, and also the part of your brain called the striatum shrinks. This means that more graphic material will be required to get aroused.

Lowers down your productivity level

When you are engrossed in porn movies, it becomes difficult for you to look at the reality of your life. Your real life will not matter, and you will find pleasure in porn. This will automatically lower your productivity at work or college or school.

Can ruin the relationship with your partner

This statement in no way means that you cannot enjoy good porn because your partner would not want you to see someone else naked. Many couples enjoy porn together. But if you get addicted to porn, you will want something else from your partner. You will want your sex with your partner to be similar to what they show in the film. Real sex will make no more appeal to you, and gradually you will drift away from your partner.

Can make you feel inferior about yourself

You will know that whatever you are into is making you bad, but you also feel trapped, and you feel helpless because you are too embarrassed to talk about it to anyone.

Tips to gradually stop watching porn

There is nothing that you cannot get over from. With repeated efforts and will power, you can slowly but eventually, stop the addiction of porn. Here are some tips that may help:

  • Talk to someone because it is a necessary step, be it your partner, a friend, or anyone who is close to you and understands you without judgment.
  • Start realizing that whatever you are into is degrading your mind, body, and the overall quality of your life. This realization will give you the will power to quit this addiction.
  • Seek professional help. Professional help can be supportive, helpful, and trustworthy, and the chances of quitting porn also increase.
  • Clear out everything that you have related to porn. Cut your internet connection for a few days, if possible. But do not do it immediately, but gradually.
  • Reward yourself, for example, set an aim that if you do not watch porn for a day, you will give yourself something precious. Well, at this point, nothing would seem more valuable than porn, but gradually you will start realizing the worth of other things as well.
  • Try to switch the methods of quitting. Try indulging yourself in social activities like meeting friends, taking a walk, driving, have a meal out, exercise, or meditate.
  • You can also install a porn blocker, and it will make the procedure of visiting the porn site hectic and long.

Lack of sex education and awareness can lead to porn addiction. Porn is not bad until it becomes an addiction, and the way you see sex. Therefore, it is essential to know the myths around it and the way it affects an individual. When you realize it is impacting your life, you are already a step ahead towards working on the addiction.

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