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20 May How porn can be a serious bonerkiller

Male mind.Male mind. Image: Mike Licht @ flickr

Porn, virtually accepted right? It’s become a main subject among guys speaking with a hint of harmless machismo. Talking about it, watching it, owning it. But is this one-click-away nudity as harmless as we think? How does your mind handle pornography?

The effect of sex on your brain
Whether doing it in real life or watching it on screen, sex triggers your brain’s reward system. The nucleus accumbens a.k.a. “the pleasure center”, where dopamine is synthesized, will inject a shot of the cerebral drug during sex. This is a way for the brain to reward and urge you to do some more sweet love-making. The neurotransmitter dopamine contributes to most forms of addiction; drugs (including alcohol), gambling and of course, sex. Whenever you give a monkey or rat an “all-you-can-inject-buffet” they will stimulate themselves to the point of starvation and death.

Porn: extreme images, extreme brain reaction
The sex-on-demand illusion can tease the mind and dopamine-circuit into needing excessive stimuli to become aroused. This is where fetishes join in and the porn-mind gets disengaged from reality. So these men tend their gardens in the new genres; Greek orgies, mechanic vibrators and yes, even fart-porn. Meanwhile the palpable women have trouble triggering the smallest dopamine peak.

If you’re a guy, this derailed dopamine distribution can even lead to erection problems. Especially if it happens at a young age, when dopamine levels peak and you’re highly susceptible to learning and experiencing. It’s the start of a vicious circle, in which your desire for sex reduces your prospect of actually having sex.

Resetting the sexual brain
Arousal problems due to porn overexposure can be treated by a rebooting period of mental and physical celibacy. Just one or two months can do the trick. In these months the dopamine reward system returns to its high-peaking former self, so the body is again able and delighted – frantic even! – to do some real-life horizontal hula.

To be clear, I’m not saying that porn is a bad thing. I think it can help to break unnecessary and possibly harmful sexual taboos. But yes even with sex, you can have too much of a good thing! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about porn and the dopamine circuit, or my experiences *uchuch*.

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