Nigel Campbell's picture

Uh Oh! Is Porn Bad For Your Brain??

Well, clearly this is issue requires emergency funding so that we can get to the bottom of it!! 

A new study out of Germany, published in JAMA Psychiatry, provides evidence that may lead to linking pornography consumption with brain size. (No word yet on whether it matters if you're watching gay porn or straight porn or, ya know, German porn...)

From TIME:

The study’s researchers questioned 64 healthy men aged 21 to 45 about their porn watching habits. They also examined how their brains reacted to pornographic images and took images of their brains in order to measure volume.

The results also show that the brain region activated when people view sexual stimuli is less active in men who watch a lot of pornography. It also shows the part of the brain associated with processing rewards is smaller in men who view pornography more often.

So men may react less to sexual stimuli if they watch a lot of porn and we they may not process "rewards" in the same way due to that area of the brain being smaller, again, potentially based on pornography consumption.

The study has yet to determine whether its findings were a measure of correlation or causation meaning it's uncertain whether individuals born with certain brain characteristics (gray matter volume, rate of activity in certain areas of the brain)  watch more porn or whether the act of watching porn results in the decreased volume and activity. 

Somebody better find out!

...For our friends. 

 

Comments

Bullshit

Here an excerpt from Urvashi Vaid's "Virtual Equality: The Mainstreanming of Gay & Lesbian Liberation": "Gay-male sexuality is not much different from straight-male sexuality in its organisation of sex at the centre of social life: Men tend to prioritise sexual freedom & define it as integral to what it means to be a man. A politics focussed on sexual availability, no holds barred, leaves intact the existing norms of gender role, power & privilege. Because lesbian sexual politics so earnestly tried to question all the power dynamics inherent in sexual relationships, it seemed moralistic & ponderous, & was quickly dubbed 'anti-sex.'"

LeNair Xavier's picture

Porn is bad for your brain. Especially if you use it to teach you sexuality, which unfortunately is more so the case with gay males than straight.

Also, like Jeff said, if you see the same thing over and over again, it dulls your response. So Instinct, you're not telling us something our common sense doesn't already know. Plus, with the porn industry being the way it is, how many times can you watch the same type of White guys have sex, or Black guy be an overly aggressive top before it bores you senseless.

Hence one reason why I don't regret leaving the porn industry. For leaving the industry rejuvenated my love of being the occasional voyeur that many of us enjoy being.

Oh please, guys who watch a lot if porn aren't as stimulated is cause they've already seen it hundreds of times. Show them something new and they'll be stimulated lol

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