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Examining the Impact of Porn Addiction on Human Brain

by Divya Kaushik 11 Aug 2016 0 Comments

Watching porn excessively, or in extreme forms, can physically change your brain. Yes, you read that right, porn can actually “physically” change your brain. If you have read about “neuroplasticity”, probably you would understand where we are coming from. The word ‘neuroplasticity’ refers to the changeability of the brain. It’s been scientifically proven that our brains keep laying down new pathways, depending upon our exposure and experiences. Let’s delve deeper to learn more as to how the brain changes with constant exposure to porn.

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What Do Scientists Have to Say?

“Neurons that fire together, wire together.” Before you get confused, let us tell you that neurons are brain cells and each time we experience a feeling that makes us feel happy, excited, sad or feel any other emotion, the neurons or the brain cells release different chemicals. For instance, when you eat something delicious, the brain releases a compound called “dopamine” that makes you feel good. Similarly, it releases a chemical called “oxytocin”, when you bond with people who you care about. Brain cells that do this over and over again, lay down a pathway based on their experience, resulting in a physical change in the brain.

Why Does the Brain get Addicted to Porn?

When people watch porn, their brain releases dopamine. Their brain, therefore, acclimates to the new dopamine level. As a result, any regular activity that used to make them happy earlier, stops doing so, as it does not release the same amount of dopamine that the brain is now acclimatized to, to feel that emotion. That’s the reason some people even start feeling uneasy, when they do not get access to porn and that’s the reason they say, porn is “addictive”.

How Harmful is the Addiction?

Porn not only reduces the receptiveness of the brain to regular activities that used to be enjoyable, but also causes the the frontal lobes to start shrinking. Frontal lobe is that part of your brain that helps you think through and make logical decisions. In other words, porn has a harmful effect on your logical thinking and decision making ability. This is similar to how the brain reacts when it gets addicted to habits such as overeating, drugs, sexual compulsion and the like.

The Other Side of the Moon

While it may sound scary that porn addiction can damage the brain to an extent that it gets difficult to break free, the good news is that any damage caused can be undone, if the person tries to get rid of the unhealthy behavior. Sex therapists, therefore, advise people to try new things in the bedroom with their partners to revive the spark in their relationship and ensure a healthy sex life. For example, they may ask porn addicts to try role-plays, use sex toys and flavored condoms, and try other similar experiments.

Last Few Words

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