How Does Porn Affect Your Brain?

Pornography has been with us since the dawn of time.

Our prehistoric ancestors made erotic drawings on the walls of caves. The ancient Greeks erected statues with a strong erotic component, as well as pictorial representations of sexual acts in vases. This all happened long before the adult film industry started producing its first films.

Thanks to the golden age of the Internet and telecommunications, Frequent pornography consumption has skyrocketed over the past decade. Does this mean the porn is harmless?

Some men decide to get themselves energized by watching porn, believing it’s just a quick, healthy way to relieve tension or explore sexual tastes and preferences without leaving the couch. This can be relatively true and beneficial in the short term, however, it can easily become addictive which could negatively affect our brain.

    The Effects of Pornography Addiction on the Brain

    The limbic system of the brain is responsible for rewarding us and making us feel happy when we have positive experiences, like having sex for the first time, winning a soccer game, or tasting our favorite food.

    The hormones dopamine and glutamate are released in a controlled manner whenever we are subjected to positive stimuli. Dopamine is the hormone of happiness, while glutamate helps our bodies remember the experience.

    When we stimulate ourselves with pornography, there is an exponential increase in the amounts of glutamate and dopamine released. This causes the body to react to this stimulus as if it were a very deep and real feeling of sexual pleasure, despite the obvious absence of another human being during this act.

    This increase in the doses of dopamine and glutamate released by the brain, will force us more and more to consume more content and more variety, sometimes favoring the consumption of pornography over other things. When left unchecked, it can become a serious addiction, which can last for years of therapy until full rehabilitation.

    No one is safe from porn addiction, which can be as serious as addiction to alcohol, tobacco, gambling, or hard drugs. When dopamine levels get out of hand due to excessive pornography consumption, the simpler things in life that we normally enjoy, like a walk on the beach at sunset or having lunch with friends, completely become boring and tasteless. compare them to porn.

    This addiction can also lower our libido and ruin our sex as pornography. this can lead to a decrease in our ability to reach orgasm and maintain an erection.

    Regular pornography consumption causes our brains to learn to let our bodies respond only to the images we are used to seeing on screen, which are often far removed from conventional sex. When we have sex with our partner, our body will no longer be able to react in the right way. This dysfunction it often causes feelings of frustration, guilt, shame, and lack of self-confidence.

    Another major downside to having easy and unlimited access to this type of content is the lack of motivation to go out and meet people, build relationships, and build successful and lasting relationships. Regular porn consumption this will gradually lead us to close ourselves more in ourselves while being satisfied with instant pleasure and decrease our chances of having a healthy relationship with others. Because of this, our self-esteem will gradually decrease, which will cause us to consume more pornography to redeem this pain with a temporary dose of dopamine, which will make us feel worse and worse. It’s a vicious cycle that will make us distant and apathetic people if we don’t end it in time.

    From the point of view of the individual, pornography is not a problem, the problem is the addiction it can cause. This is due to the lack of motivation, shame, and low self-esteem that their regular consumption causes.

    For some people, self-stimulation while watching pornography can be a good way to relax, but when we use it in a disproportionate way, as a way to escape reality, it can become a problem more serious than you can imagine.

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