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Porn does affect our health and well-being!

Diane Luke
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The pornography industry is recording, year after year, higher revenues than Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Apple, and Netflix, combined. For example, in 2006, the revenues resulting only from the use of internet pornography have reached 100 billion dollars. Besides the fact that pornography is a taboo, porn does affect our health and well-being.

Internet sex, or cybersex as it is known, produces addiction, such as the drugs do and can cause erectile dysfunction. The internet porn addicts seem to recover more slowly than the drug’s users. It is estimated that there are nearly two million people who are addicted to cybersex. Are these people aware that they suffer from a disease and what are the chances they have to heal and recover from this addiction?

Porn users statistics

Every second, more than 3000 dollars are spent on pornographic content on the Internet. 28,258 porn lovers watch pornographic photos and movies, while few hundreds users are looking for sex on adult dating networks.

Every 40 minutes a new pornographic movie is produced in the US, according to TopTenReviews.

On every minute, thousands of porn users are logging in adult sex cams sites on which they are interacting with hundreds of webcam models who are ready to offer live pornography for money.

Porn addiction is a disease.

Behind the statistics from the above lies a little-known fact, that the internet porn addiction is a disease. Cybersex occasionally is just a way for some spicy sex life, but for others, it has become a drug.

Pornography addicts heal harder than drugs addicts because the pornographic images can remain stored in your mind forever, according to Mary Anne Layden, the executive director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Layden thinks that the pornography is the most dangerous thing for our health. The technological evolution and the developments of the internet all around the world make possible the pornography to be delivered around the clock, free, and, unfortunately, easier to be accessed by children, especially teenagers, who know even better than the adults how to access porn and how to use it. This system is absolutely perfect if the wish is to have whole future generations of young porn addicts who will never think of anything else but their drug. Thus being said, porn does affect our health and well-being, for real.

Psychiatrist Jeffrey Satinover said that pornography, in comparison to other forms of addiction, fails to cause a direct biological reaction in the body as it is in the case of some of the most addictive substances such as opioids. Pornography does what heroin, for example, fails.

What is the neurological mechanism behind addiction to pornography?

Pornography confers the brain with rewards of a short-term increase in the level of dopamine, which improves the mood of the viewer for a few hours. Neural circuitry, in this case, is identical to that produced upon the consumption of cocaine.

Temporary effect of the increasing the level of dopamine explain why extreme sexual practices tend to be more effective. Pictures with a normal sexual content lose attractiveness in time, encouraging the pornography consumers to overcome more and more new taboos in order to feel better.

In time, it will appear the phenomenon of loss of dopamine, in which case the regular porn will not confer the brain with the same feeling as it used to produce before. Basically, in order to get a normal sexual response, the pornography addict needs a boost of dopamine, which may be achieved through shocking images. Real sex ceases to be a pleasure and the desire for extreme sex increases, leading to an extreme behavior.

How to treat addiction to pornography?

  • The most common treatment is psychotherapy which uses various techniques: enhancing the intimacy in a relationship
  • rebuilding the love map – a concept intended to explain why someone loves only certain people
  • rebuilding the mechanisms of excitement.

Unlike the treatment for drug addiction or alcohol addiction, the ultimate goal of therapy in the case of addiction to pornography does not intend abstinence, but to stop this unhealthy sexual behavior.

If the patients did not separate between the healthy and unhealthy sex in the first phase of therapy, abstinence is though recommended.

There is also specific medication for this problem. Prescribed to treat alcoholism, Naltrexone opioids inhibit the ability to increase the release of dopamine in the body, according to a study published by the Mayo Clinic. It is used in the treatment of drug addicts and its commercial name is Nalorex.

Is wrong to misjudge a person who is a porn addict.

As in the cases of any addictions, the recovery is very difficult. Porn addiction is a disease that the patient can not control without specialized assistance.

Symptoms that may identify a potential porn addiction are:

  • decreased sex drive
  • lowering number of intercourse
  • erectile dysfunction
  • modifications in the regular schedule
  • more and more time spent on the computer in total loneliness
  • fatigue
  • sleeplessness
  • unjustified payments
  • decreased productivity at work
  • denial of the existence of the problem

Education is the main key factor against pornography addiction.

Once the porn addiction is installed, specialized treatment is the only solution to cure the disease but porn addiction can also be prevented. Statistically, teenagers are more keen to experiment the pleasures offered by the free internet pornography, and once a teenager tastes this forbidden fruit that is pornography the chances to develop an addiction to porn during adulthood increases.

Educating children and teenagers regarding the fact that porn does affect our health and well-being could be the proper thing to do in order to prevent porn addiction

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The pornography industry is recording, year after year, higher revenues than Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Apple, and Netflix, combined. For example, in 2006, the revenues resulting only from the use of internet pornography have reached 100 billion dollars. Besides the fact that pornography is a taboo, porn does affect our health and well-being.
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