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  • Sexual tastes vary from person to person.

  • But with the current pornography epidemic as some call it.

  • One has to wonder how exactly this may effect our desires and perception of sexuality. Moreover, how does it affect our sex lives.

  • Pornography constitutes about twenty five percent of all search engine requests, and is the fourth most common reason people give for going on the internet.

  • And well, it may seem to simply facilitate an instinctual sexual response linked to millions of years of evolution.

  • The truth is pornography has dynamically changed over time ultimately molding our tastes and desires.

  • The not so shocking truth is that pornography has profound consequences for the brain and acts in many ways like a drug.

  • With prolonged exposure your tolerance is increased and many often find themselves addicted.

  • Though it is not a physical substance, it leads to the same general loss of control, the compulsiveness to seek out the activity despite negative consequences and withdrawal when it goes away.

  • Much like that of gambling or running for example.

  • The issue is that continued exposure can cause long-term or even lifelong neuro-plastic change in the brain.

  • Dopamine is released as a reward whenever we accomplish something, whether it be eating to sustain life or sexual activity to produce future life.

  • And this dopamine consolidates neural connections in order to drive us to perform the same activity in the future.

  • In other words, it alters and forms the brain cells to motivate certain actions.

  • It rewires your brain.

  • The national institutes of health measure drug addictiveness by testing rats.

  • The rat is trained to press a button in order to get a drug, and the harder it works indicates how addictive the substance is.

  • It turns out that the more addictive a drug is the more dopamine we see released.

  • And while there is unfortunately no rat porn that we can give to them, we do know that dopamine is also released during sexual excitement which pornography plays right into.

  • The more time you spend doing it, the more dopamine gets released which reinforces the behavior and makes you not only desire it in the future but require it.

  • And as you begin to imagine these images away from the computer or while having sex, they become reinforced.

  • Furthermore each orgasm releases even more dopamine which consolidates the connections made during the session.

  • It's a feedback loop that becomes harder to escape and just like a drug your tolerance for visual stimulation has now compounded, making it more difficult to be turned on by reality.

  • Pornography addiction can often lead to finding your mate less attractive, the good news is it doesn't have to be permanent.

  • Usually when people understand the mechanism and realize it's affecting their relationships, they can stop.

  • The brain is often described as a use it or lose it system because the neural connections you stimulate grow stronger and desire to be activated while the ones you ignore become weakened.

  • Much like your muscles which if sitting still all day itch for activity but after prolonged non-use they become complacent.

  • Luckily, because of this "use it or lose it" brain, the same neuro-plastic system that proliferate these habits can also be used to acquire healthier ones.

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Sexual tastes vary from person to person.

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The Science of Pornography Addiction (SFW)

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    羅紹桀 posted on 2020/11/06
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