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The Case for Not Watching Internet Porn

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Sacrilege! No porn?  Why??

Sure, a little porn here and there isn’t a bad thing – but a quick internet search will show you that porn addiction is a legit concern.  There are message boards dedicated to the subject where you’ll easily find countless of men in their early 20s who have porn induced performance anxiety and even worse, erectile dysfunction.

Let that sink in:

Erectile dysfunction in your early 20s.  

When your testosterone production and libido are at their genetic peak, yikes!

If that doesn’t highlight the very real concern that internet porn has the ability to transform your brain chemistry, and in turn your physiology as a whole, then nothing will.

Let’s back up a minute and really dig into what we’re talking about.  It’s simple – a dependence on internet porn for sexual arousal is a classic form of addiction.  Whether we are talking about alcohol addiction, drug addiction or any other form of addiction, the way it effects your brain is basically the same.

  • You engage in the behavior (drinking for instance)
  • The activity triggers your rewards mechanism in your brain and your body releases the chemical Dopamine
  • Dopamine makes you feel awesome
  • Because it feels awesome, you continue to repeat the behavior

The reward feedback loop that results in the release of Dopamine is an evolutionary tool designed to get us to engage in beneficial activities, like having sex to preserve the human species.  So you’re probably asking, then what’s the problem?  It’s only porn, whats the harm?  Chemically speaking – and this can easily be evidenced through alcohol and drug addiction, if your body is constantly releasing Dopamine as a result of you drinking alcohol and taking drugs, your body becomes less and less sensitive to Dopamine and you’ll need an increasing amount of stimulus from those substances (more booze and drugs) to get the same effect.

What is happening is that the addiction is altering the brain.  The booze, drugs, or porn in this case are triggering your brain to produce Dopamine, so in the absence of those stimuli it will produce less Dopamine naturally.  Not good for a slew of reasons, one of which happens to be that Dopamine is a main player in sexual arousal/erections.  Ouch.  So now you can see how it happens- you start watching porn maybe in your teens, while your brain is still developing, you develop an addiction/dependency on porn to get aroused, and by the time you should be a sexual monster in your 20s, you can’t even keep an erection without it.  Additionally, low Dopamine levels are related to social anxiety, lack of focus/concentration/drive and even depression.

And you thought it was just a little innocent boning on camera.

Now you’re all like: “shit, how do I know if I’m addicted then??” Next time you masturbate, leave the internet porn out of it.  Can you get/maintain an erection?  Can you orgasm?  Was it noticeably more difficult without the porn?  You see where this is going – if you’re having trouble getting it up, or finishing without the stimulus you might be dealing with at least a little bit of an addiction.  If you really want to put it to the test, “unplug” from porn for 30 days and see how you do.  You can learn a lot about yourself by trying this test.

The fear of becoming addicted to internet porn shouldn’t be the only thing that makes you think twice about watching it.  Watching porn very frequently will likely skew your frame of reality regarding sex overall.  Like I said earlier, as you become used to a baseline level of stimulus, you need more and more to get the same effect.  This could mean that your frequency or duration of your porn sessions increase, but often times what results is the content  of the porn itself becomes more extreme.  You might find yourself watching genres of porn now that you’d never dream of watching when you first started.  The result is an unrealistic frame on sex and expectations which are generally not in line with the sex you’ll be having normally.

You’ve basically trained your brain to not be turned on by “normal” sex. 

 And that’s bad, real bad.

Let’s recap here:  Watching porn isn’t always a bad thing.  However, when you need it, there’s a lot going on.  Chemically you’ve changed your brain to require porn to produce Dopamine and as a result it’s producing less normally.  Low Dopamine = low sex drive.  You’re also programming yourself to be less interested in sex if it’s not the kind of sex you’re used to watching all the time.  Combine all of that and you’re in for a world of disappointing, bad sex.

I’m here to help you be amazing in bed, and as you can see watching a lot of porn can do exactly the opposite – so be careful, don’t use it every time you masturbate and take frequent, long breaks from watching.  Only good will come of it.

Out,

Jax

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