How Porn Affects The Brain 

                                                            

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The science behind memorization, learning, and similar functions in the brain are familiar to most people. School has taught most of us about neurons and how messages use them to travel throughout the brain. Most of us are also aware that the more a neuron is used (repetition of a behavior or thought), the stronger the connection becomes. This is when memorization, second-nature, and habits become real and lasting, as long as those neurons are being used often.

Now think of how addictions form and the similarities between creating a habit and becoming addicted to something. An addiction changes the brain in that the connections become stronger, the behavior becomes a habit, something the person becomes used to on a regular basis. Porn addiction is dangerous for just that reason. Viewing graphic sexual images and videos repeatedly creates pathways in the brain that only strengthen and change the brain for the worse.

 

The Law of Diminishing Returns

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For those who find pornography to be harmless, think about how it starts out for the average person. First, the person (most often an adolescent) sees an image or video that makes him or her aware of porn and its availability. His or her curiosity is piqued and thus, the young person (whose brain is most likely still immature and not fully developed) begins his or her unfulfilling relationship with pornography. After a while, the things that the person once found appealing or stimulating are not so anymore, and they must find something different or a little more extreme to give them that feeling they had the first time. His or her mind is quickly becoming desensitized and by the time the person is of mature age, his or her mind is used to extremely graphic images, often degrading videos and false ideas of physical affection/interaction.

Like an addict, the person viewing porn must have something a little stronger every time and the damage becomes a little more lasting and permanent than the last time. Habitual viewing of pornography has been shown to have many of the same effects that drug addictions do on the brain. Because of this, the fact that there is an endless supply of pornography on the internet should be a scary thought.

 

 

Expectations vs Reality

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Through repetition and habit, viewers of pornography become used to the images and ideas of what people look like, what people will do, and what people should do. Oftentimes, women are shown to be “flawless” (meaning little body hair, larger breasts, perfect skin, etc.) and doing every sexual act one can think of. Some of these acts are incredibly degrading and humiliating – women, in reality, would usually be opposed to doing anything of that nature. The newer generation of males is growing up to believe that women should look a certain way and that they are willing to perform these sexual behaviors. Meanwhile, the newer generation of females who watch pornography is growing up to believe that it is expected of them to do these things, to look a certain way, and be willing to be used as a sex toy. Porn is training our culture to accept painful, impossible, and ridiculous ideas of healthy physical relationships between people.

Pornography can be as addictive as drugs. Though the effects of a pornography addiction are not as visible as the effects of a drug or alcohol addiction, the toll it takes on the mind can be just as serious. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and for this reason, one should know as much as possible about the dangerous ways porn can change your brain.