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Yes, Porn is bad • Part 1

 

It’s a proven fact that porn causes unhealthy expectations, addictions, and conflicts in countless relationships. Lately, a lot of men and women have been speaking out on the damaging effects of the pornography industry in our society, like athlete and actor, Terry Crews:

Can you really be addicted to porn?

Porn use is, without question, a growing problem in our society and more and more evidence is mounting about its’ addictive nature. This new research is proving (!) that porn use leads to aggression, infidelity, loneliness, and dissatisfaction in real-life sexual relationships.

But why is porn so addicting and damaging? One word: dopamine.


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Brett McKay from The Art of Manliness breaks down some of the science of dopamine:  

Dopamine is released whenever we encounter rewards, or ‘natural reinforcers,’ that help us survive. Things like food, sex, novelty (new things may lead to new survival-boosting benefits), and friendship (you’re more likely to survive in a group) sit at the top of the natural reinforcer hierarchy. Once we encounter one of these potent rewards/reinforcers, a neural pathway is created.  Dopamine keys in on the reward system in our brain, and drives us to repeat the same behaviors that helped us attain those rewards previously.”

Brett goes on to say,

“Your brain releases more dopamine in response to successfully getting porn…which strengthens this neural cue-routine-reward circuit, making porn surfing a habit that’s extremely difficult to shake.”

Via Why is the pull of porn so strong?


So basically, every time you view pornography dopamine is released. This makes the reward centers in your brain, well, quite happy. In turn, your brain makes new neural connections to get that same dopamine again. The stronger that neural connection, the stronger the habit.

In essence, porn is literally re-wiring your brain.

While it is important to realize how destructive the porn problem is, there is hope.  You CAN quit.

Infographic Link: http://fightthenewdrug.org/how-is-porn-addictive-infographic/

Check back soon for more help, Porn is not cool and we are gonna keep talking about it.

Clarity Blog Author - Jack Daniel Taylor

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