Porn Making Men Bad in Bed

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Porn Making Men Bad in Bed

GMA News Tv writes on the effect of porn to men. Worthy read for all the men out there.

sadman_01Internet pornography addicts may be setting themselves up for sexual dysfunction, according to at least two Western studies.

Marnia Robinson, author of “Cupid’s Poisoned Arrow,” said a growing number of otherwise healthy young men who were, however, Internet porn addicts developed an inability to be turned on by real partners. “Desperate young men from various cultures, with different levels of education, religiosity, attitudes, values, diets, marijuana use, and personalities are seeking help. They have only two things in common: heavy use of today’s Internet porn and increasing need for more extreme material,” she said in an article posted on Psychology Today.

Yet she said most men are astonished to learn that pornography use can be a source of sexual performance problems. “They are amazed that heavy porn use can affect them adversely, that no one told them it could affect them, and that humans have actually masturbated without porn. There is almost total ignorance about the significance for porn users of the recent discoveries of addiction science,” she said.

Robinson said many have previously been to doctors, undergone various tests, and been declared “just fine” physically. The final diagnosis was generally “performance anxiety,” she said. Robinson cited a past survey by Italian urologists that noted a link between erectile dysfunction and porn use. She said urologist Carlo Foresta, head of the Italian Society of Andrology and Sexual Medicine and professor at the University of Padua, mentioned that 70 percent of the young men seeking clinical help for sexual performance problems admit to using Internet pornography habitually. Recovery appears to take six to 12 weeks, and among those who recover, “progression is surprisingly similar,” she said. Porn ‘overstimultion’ Robinson said the cause appears to be physiological, not psychological.

She said recent behavioral addiction research suggests that the loss of libido and performance occur because heavy users are numbing their brain’s normal response to pleasure.

“Years of overriding the natural limits of libido with intense stimulation desensitize the user’s response to a neurochemical called dopamine,” she said.

Dopamine is the neurochemical that causes motivation, “wanting” and addictions, and drives the search for rewards.

“Erotic words, pictures, and videos have been around a long while, but the Internet makes possible a never-ending stream of dopamine spikes. Today’s users can force its release by watching porn in multiple windows, searching endlessly, fast-forwarding to the bits they find hottest, switching to live sex chat, viewing constant novelty, firing up their mirror neurons with video action and cam-2-cam, or escalating to extreme genres and anxiety-producing material,” she said.

“It’s all free, easy to access, available within seconds, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Overstimulation of the reward circuitry in the brain is a very real possibility today,” she added.

Quitting can be quite challenging due to an alarming temporary drop in libido, and some men experience withdrawal symptoms.

These include insomnia, irritability, panic, despair, concentration problems, and even flu-like symptoms.

Robinson said the brain needs a chance to “reboot,” or return to normal dopamine sensitivity. —MRT/KBK, GMA News

 

 

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