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How Pornography Affects the Brain, Body and Mind

Pornography has been and is still an increasing habitual activity mostly among youths, school children, and a lot of adults, but most people who watch porn videos, read sexual related magazines, articles or involve themselves with any other form of pornography do not know that it can be harmful to their brain, body, mind, and quality of life.


A Boy watching pornography

Although some reports over the years claim it has a good side, a lot of people involved in pornography always end up on the wrong side of it.

Let’s cut the chase and get right into it.

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Effects of Pornography on the Brain, Body, and Mind

1. Effect on the Mind:

Pornography significantly distorts attitudes and perceptions about the nature of sexual intercourse. Men who habitually look at pornography have a higher tolerance for abnormal sexual behaviors, sexual aggression, and promiscuity.

2. Rape:

Men who usually watch porn videos tend to view women and even children as “sex objects,” commodities or instruments for their pleasure, not as persons with their own inherent dignity which in most cases end up leading to rape and sexual assault.

Also See: Reasons for the Rising Number of Rape Cases Against School Children

3. Effect on the Body:

Watching porn videos is very addictive. The addictive aspect of watch porn has a biological substrate, with dopamine hormone release acting as one of the mechanisms for forming the transmission pathway to pleasure centers of the brain. Also, the increased sexual permissiveness engendered by viewing porn videos increases the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease or of being an unwitting parent in an out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

4. Effect on the Heart:

Pornography affects people’s emotional lives. Married people who are involved in pornography feel less satisfied with their marital sexual relations and less emotionally attached to their partners. Partners married to people with a pornography addiction report feelings of betrayal, mistrust, and anger. Pornographic use may lead to infidelity and even divorce. Adolescents who view pornography feel shame, diminished self-confidence, and sexual uncertainty.

5. Sexually Transmitted Disease and Out of Wedlock Pregnancy:

Since pornography encourages sexually permissive attitudes and behavior, viewers of porn have a higher likelihood of contracting a sexually transmitted disease or fathering an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Pornography’s frequent depiction of intercourse without condoms (87 percent of the time) is an invitation for the promiscuous to contract a sexually transmitted disease, to have a child out of wedlock, and to have multiple sex partners. Regular watching of porn also promotes sexual compulsiveness, which doubles the likelihood of being infected with a sexually transmitted disease.

6. Sexual Addiction:

Pornography and “cybersex” are highly addictive and can lead to sexually compulsive behaviors that decrease a person’s capacity to perform other major tasks in life. Over 90 percent of therapists surveyed in one study believed that a person could become addicted to “cybersex.”

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7. Low Self-Esteem:

Addictive pornography use leads to lower self-esteem and a weakened ability to carry out a meaningful social and work life. A survey of pornography addicts found that they disliked the “out of control” feeling and the time consumption that their pornography use engendered. All of the sexual compulsives reported they had felt distressed and experienced impairment is an important aspect of their lives as a result of their addiction. Almost half of the sexual compulsives said their behavior had significant negative results in their social lives, and a quarter reported negative effects on their job.

8. Aggression and Abuse:

Intense watch of watching porn videos is strongly related to sexual aggression, and among frequent viewers of pornography, there is a marked increase in sexual callousness, including the “rape myth 

A significant portion of pornography is violent in content. A study of different pornographic media found violence in almost a quarter of magazine scenes, in more than a quarter of video scenes, and in almost half (over 42 percent) of online pornography. A second study found that almost half the violent Internet scenes included nonconsensual sex.

Consumption of nonviolent pornography also increases men’s self-acknowledged willingness to force compliance with their particular sexual desires on reluctant partners. And though there are conflicting data on the relative effects of violent versus non-violent pornography, there is little doubt that the consumption of pornography leads to a significant increase in “rape myth acceptance,” which involves a reduction of sympathy with rape victims and a trivialization of rape as a criminal offense, a diminished concern about child sexual abuse, short of the rape of children, and increased preparedness to resort to rape.

If you are addicted to pornography, cybersex, or masturbation and you are having any of the above-mentioned effects or any other negative effect(s) on your general wellbeing; it is high time to fight and stop it!

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