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Stop Fapping! Effects Of Watching Porn Are Scary

When did you first discover porn? How has porn impacted your life since then?

Estimates put the online porn industry’s worth at around $15 billion, and it’s reaching more people and younger people every year.

The unsavoury truth is that millions of guys and gals around the world now begin their sexual journeys via online porn, so far from real-life intimacy that their brains become warped well before they actually start having sex.

For an idea of just how pervasive is porn, consider this: Pornhub’s 2016 analytics report revealed that its videos were watched 92 billion times by 64 million daily visitors during that year. That represents 12.5 videos for every person on the planet, and this is coming from just one of thousands of porn sites!

Needless to say, there is a lot masturbation — too much even — going on, and to detrimental effect. Heavy consumption can have clear consequences one ones mental health.

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For starters, a 2014 Cambridge University study found that pornography triggers brain activity in sex addicts in the same way drugs trigger drug addicts.

Other potential negative effects of porn overconsumption include morphed sexual tastes, delayed ejaculation, poor working memory, social anxiety, decreased motivation, difficulty sleeping and, of course, enjoying real-life sex less.

Waves of men and boys alike have flocked to online forums with unexplained erectile dysfunction and low libido, but they’ve likely been staring at the problem point blank all this time. It’s probably not a surprise, then, that online support communities like NoFap, which helps men attempting to abstain from porn, sex and masturbation, are growing in popularity.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be right to make sweeping statements about pornography’s effects, particularly that some forms of pornography are better than others. That’s to say, while there are arguments that reading Playboy daily is not the same as watching Pornhub or that watching Pornhub every once in a while is not the same as watching it for hours on end, studies have confirmed that the increase in dopamine resulting from porn potentially means users require a greater sensation from real sex in order to match what they experience via porn.

That’s right, porn can rewire the brain’s arousal circuitry involving desire, causing it to become aroused by pixels on a screen but not by real people.

Pornography also influences real-life practice, and to worrying degrees. A report in 2014, for instance, found a connection between watching unprotected sex on screen and going on to have unprotected sex in real life.

Porn-watching has been linked to infidelity. Apparently, seeing multiple sexual partners on screen convinces the watcher that the grass will be greener on the other side, subtly wounding the otherwise happy or not-so-happy committed relationship they might have.

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It has never been good news for porn ever since rumours of hairy palms surfaced. The suggestions that people’s brains shrink the more they watch pornography further fueled the negativity.

As it turns out, the research associated with brain shrinkage was also deeply flawed, something the study’s own lead scientist later admitted to. Some damage has already been done, however.

Still, as the saying goes, too much of anything is not healthy, and that couldn’t be truer with pornography. Too much porn takes the natural human desire and drive for sexual pleasure and intimacy and directs it at a screen. It’s not healthy in the slightest bit…

If you feel porn is negatively impacting your life in a big way, it’s worth finding ways to better yourself. Places like Reboot Nation, NoFap and Porn Help can provide you with ample information and support.

Stop watching, and take action.

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