Is porn killing the libidos of today's young men? Neurologists and medical doctors say Yes!

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    May 04, 2013 5:47 AM GMT
    Today, porn is more abundant than mosquitoes.

    The recent spread of low cost, broadband internet has put free, full length pornography into the hands of almost every horny young man in the country. Any man's sexual proclivity can be googled and brought up into a browser window as fast as you can sneeze (keep the kleenex around for both).

    But are our brains wired to handle such an extreme influx of sexual stimulation? And what happens when the instant gratification of getting off to porn becomes such a regular occurrence that you can't get off without it?

    Answer: Erectile Dysfunction.


    It all starts with dopamine. An influx of dopamine gives us our survival pleasure urges- sex, food, love. The more you are around that which you are pleasured by (sex, cheesecake), the more dopamine is released, thus, you seek that pleasure more.

    However, dopamine can become addictive and highly damaging to your mental state and even physiology. The craving you get from drugs and alcohol can be attributed to dopamine surges into the brain.

    The dopamine, however, does not actually create the pleasurable experience. This is said to be caused by opioids in the body. However, the dopamine is the catalyst to the ultimate pleasurable experience.

    Dopamine thrives on "novelty." Getting a new car, a new relationship, a new sex partner- all very exciting in the beginning, then that novelty wears off. Habituation leads to less and less dopamine release, yet the body craves dopamine, because it stimulates survival instincts.

    This is where internet and porn comes in. Novelty is ALWAYS available. You can live your entire life watching porn every second of the day and never have to see the same scene twice. All for free. This has never been documented in the history of mankind, and scientists believe that this is a cause for many young men (20s and 30s) reporting erectile dysfunction issues. They have literally burnt through the dopamine receptors they had with such an intense amount of stimulus, weakening signals to the penis when the accustomed dopamine surge (porn) is not present. '

    Do you have any of these symptoms and you watch porn?

    1. No spontaneous erections/ morning wood
    2. Not aroused by static porn
    3. Decreased penis sensitivity
    4. Delayed ejaculation/ faking orgasm with partner
    5. Sexual impotence with another human
    6. ED drugs lose effect
    7. ED even with extreme porn use


    If yes to any of the above, you may have ED induced by pornography addiction.

    The numbers of porn addicts are ballooning.

    In Japan, 1/3 of men age 16 to 19 reported having no interest in sex, double the figure from 2008.
    -Japan Times, Jan. 14, 2011


    But there's hope:

    Many ex porn addicts have been able to "reboot" their brains by totally abstaining from pornography and, in most cases masturbation (at least masturbation brought about by thinking of pornographic images and not physical stimulation alone).
    Many subjects complain of a complete loss of libido, insomnia, headaches, depression, and other withdrawl symptoms for up to 2 months while their brains rewired themselves.

    But ask yourself- is it worth it to be able to have full, strong erections and long lasting, hot, hard sex with another human for the rest of your life? OR would you rather be your iMac's bitch?


    Links:

    The science on internet porn addiction: http://yourbrainonporn.com/doing-what-you-evolved-to-do

    I quit using porn and now I feel worse: http://yourbrainonporn.com/i-quit-using-porn-and-now-i-feel-worse

    Rebooting your brain, start here: http://yourbrainonporn.com/node/79

    Porn induced sexual dysfunction- a growing problem (dont mind the pun): http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cupids-poisoned-arrow/201107/porn-induced-sexual-dysfunction-growing-problem

    reddit nofap- support group for recovering porn addicts: http://www.reddit.com/r/NoFap/

    *I am in no way affiliated with the above websites. I find their information very useful, thorough, and hopeful, and wanted to share that with others who may be too embarrassed to talk to anybody about their ED issues.

    Part 1 of 4 part video series: Erectile Dysfunction and Porn:



    Ted Talk, "The Great Porn Experiment"

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    May 04, 2013 3:34 PM GMT
    A lot of guys here may find this life saving, so please please

    BUMP IT!
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    May 04, 2013 4:40 PM GMT
    VERY INTERESTING! I've had a hypothesis about this and now it seems there's some scientific evidences. I would add chronically hooking up to the list. I never thought about it from the standpoint of ED but rather intimacy. If dopamines play such a large role in one's libido than I would venture to guess that such people seek out unstable relationships that satisfy this addiction rather than more stable trusting relationship that would seem boring without the role of dopamine.
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    May 05, 2013 12:42 AM GMT
    friendormate saidVERY INTERESTING! I've had a hypothesis about this and now it seems there's some scientific evidences.

    me too...
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    May 05, 2013 3:58 PM GMT
    But but but I don't have sex! How am I supposed to survive without porn. icon_lol.gif

    But seriously, this makes sense. I can't even go to sleep at night without jerking off to porn. I may be addicted.
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    May 05, 2013 4:28 PM GMT
    When I reflected on this, I kind of think it goes beyond porn. ED in young healthy men is a big enough deal to warrant a study but what about some of the other changes. The internet is a powerful tool for research but also filled with vial untruths. I feel it has exacerbated the spread of misinformation and increased anti-social behavior. For the poor young men who research ED or how to get bigger muscles on the net they will be inundated with peddlers of herbal viagra or testosterone and then find google ads on the subject popping up. Dating sites are becoming the domino pizza of sex. I better keep this short because I know so many internet users have ADD and someone might write TLicon_biggrin.gifR.

    The internet is the new TV, only more powerful in roping in an addict. I never watched nearly as much TV as the time I spend surfing the net. I should be doing something creative or productive but instead I'm writing this. Okay I'm out of here!
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    May 05, 2013 8:56 PM GMT
    friendormate saidWhen I reflected on this, I kind of think it goes beyond porn. ED in young healthy men is a big enough deal to warrant a study but what about some of the other changes. The internet is a powerful tool for research but also filled with vial untruths. I feel it has exacerbated the spread of misinformation and increased anti-social behavior. For the poor young men who research ED or how to get bigger muscles on the net they will be inundated with peddlers of herbal viagra or testosterone and then find google ads on the subject popping up. Dating sites are becoming the domino pizza of sex. I better keep this short because I know so many internet users have ADD and someone might write TLicon_biggrin.gifR.

    The internet is the new TV, only more powerful in roping in an addict. I never watched nearly as much TV as the time I spend surfing the net. I should be doing something creative or productive but instead I'm writing this. Okay I'm out of here!


    Well my post is about ED when it comes to sex with other people. If you read these studies you will find that many young men can get 100% erections just fine when watching porn.
    And just like a typical addict, the porn has to get more intense, more extreme, more animalistic to become effective at stimulating the dopamine.

    Yes.. The Internet has made men my age completely socially retarded. I refuse to online date and it can be challenging to go up and talk to guys IRL. Sometimes when you go up and talk to a stranger at a bar, bus stop, grocery store, whatever, they look at you like you're selling baby brains.

    I hope there is an awakening to the serious addictions that are ruining the lives of young people- video games, porn, Internet, iPhone. I admit that I have my own issues which I am working on. But the longer you wait to treat yourself, the more "grooves" are indented into your brain and the harder/ longer the withdrawal.
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    May 05, 2013 9:50 PM GMT
    What if you make your own porn?
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    May 05, 2013 9:54 PM GMT
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    friendormate saidWhen

    Well my post is about ED when it comes to sex with other people. If you read these studies you will find that many young men can get 100% erections just fine when watching porn.
    And just like a typical addict, the porn has to get more intense, more extreme, more animalistic to become effective at stimulating the dopamine.

    Yes.. The Internet has made men my age completely socially retarded. I refuse to online date and it can be challenging to go up and talk to guys IRL. Sometimes when you go up and talk to a stranger at a bar, bus stop, grocery store, whatever, they look at you like you're selling baby brains.


    That is true! Even within myself I've noticed that I've gone from being okay with just any kind of filmed sex to only the most deranged will do. It is difficult to get erect without some sort of moving visual aid. I fit most of the symptoms you listed.
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    May 06, 2013 1:58 AM GMT
    I wonder if this ted talk explains some of the curious threads on RJ asking how many times one masterbates in a day. I wasn't sure if the answers were astounding or pure fiction. Guys were saying they rub one out 5 to 10 times a day. Even as an adolescent I rarely jerked off more than once day. But I had to go into the bathroom and lock the door to do it. There was no porn or anything to look at. I use to jerk off to penthouse even though I wasn't into girls and when I saw the first playgirl, MAN it made me excited. And it was just nude men with no erections.
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    May 06, 2013 6:06 AM GMT
    Does the mirror count as static porn?
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    May 07, 2013 2:07 AM GMT
    I read about the NoFap thing in New York magazine.

    Although, there's been no conclusive scientific studies to link frequent masturbation with lower testosterone. decreased virility, or ED, there is enough anecdotal evidence to try it. Even a placebo effect can work. Has anyone taken up the challenge?