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  • 23 days ago

    What this study does show is a relationship between brain volume and time spent watching porn.

    Abstract: Traditional factors that once explained men’s sexual difficulties appear insufficient to account for the sharp rise in erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation, decreased sexual satisfaction, and diminished libido during partnered sex in men under 40. This review (1) considers data from multiple domains, e.g., clinical, biological (addiction/urology), psychological (sexual conditioning), sociological; and (2) presents a series of clinical reports, all with the aim of proposing a possible direction for future research of this phenomenon. Alterations to the brain's motivational system are explored as a possible etiology underlying pornography-related sexual dysfunctions. This review also considers evidence that Internet pornography’s unique properties (limitless novelty, potential for easy escalation to more extreme material, video format, etc.) may be potent enough to condition sexual arousal to aspects of Internet pornography use that do not readily transition to real-life partners, such that sex with desired partners may not register as meeting expectations and arousal declines. Clinical reports suggest that terminating Internet pornography use is sometimes sufficient to reverse negative effects, underscoring the need for extensive investigation using methodologies that have subjects remove the variable of Internet pornography use. In the interim, a simple diagnostic protocol for assessing patients with porn-induced sexual dysfunction is put forth.
    Keywords: erectile dysfunction; low sexual desire; low sexual satisfaction; delayed ejaculation; pornography; Internet pornography; sexually explicit material; PIED


    Delayed ejaculation (DE) has historically been considered an obscure and difficult to treat condition. This article uses two composite cases to draw attention to young men experiencing DE who respond well to a short-term integrated psychosexual intervention. Via comparing and contrasting two cases the article questions whether the upheld belief that men with DE have repressed hostility towards women coupled with a fear of letting go can be generalised; alternatively it suggests that pornography usage and masturbation styles are important in considering this disorder. This article therefore supports previous research that has linked masturbation style to sexual dysfunction and pornography to masturbation style. Finally, the article uses psychodynamic theory to consider whether the prognosis of these cases could be predicted and concludes that the clients’ early experiences may be one of the factors in predicting suitability for short-term behavioural interventions. The article concludes by suggesting that the successes of psychosexual therapists in working with DE are rarely recorded in the academic literature, which has allowed the view of DE as a difficult disorder to treat remain largely unchallenged. The article calls for research into pornography usage and its effect on masturbation and genital desensitisation.

    Harvard scientist explains the shocking impact of watching porn
    by Justin Brown
    3 years ago
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    One of the major impacts of the Internet is the widespread availability of porn. It’s incredibly easy to stream it for free, yet according to a Harvard scientist, there is a shocking impact: it may be doing damage to your health.

    Kevin Majeres is a psychiatrist specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy and is a faculty member of Harvard Medical School.

    Writing in a blog post, Majeres breaks down how the brain works and what happens during repeated exposure to pornography.

    He explains it in such logical terms that you’ll probably think again before succumbing to the temptation of watching porn.

    Majeres begins with the mating patterns discovered in rats:

    “Scientists have discovered that if you place a male rat in a cage with a receptive female, they will mate; but once done, the male rat will not mate more times, even if the female is still receptive. He loses all sexual interest. But if, right after he finishes with the first female, you put in a second receptive female, he will immediately mate again; and again a third, and so on, until he nearly dies. This effect has been found in every animal studied. This is called the Coolidge effect.”

    Pornography’s power comes from the way it tricks the man’s lower brain. One of the drawbacks of this reg

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      One of the drawbacks of this region is that it can’t tell the difference between an image and reality. The same processes are kicked off.

      The problem with pornography is that it offers men an unlimited number of supposedly willing females. Every time the man sees a new potential partner, even if on a computer screen, it gets his sex drive going again.

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      Here’s what Majeres has to say about the role of dopamine in this process:

      “Dopamine is the drug of desire – when you see something desirable, your brain pours out dopamine, saying “Go for it! Do whatever it takes!” Dopamine fixes your attention on that desirable object, giving you your power of concentration…

      “So when someone clicks and sees a new pornographic image, his lower brain thinks this is the real thing, this is the lady he must win over with all his might, and so he gets an enormous dopamine flood in his upper brain, causing a wild amount of electrical energy.

      “This first exposure to a new female who is a potential mate wasn’t something that happened a lot to our ancestors; maybe only once in their lives; so the brain thinks this is a big deal. It doesn’t know that now the game has completely changed: it doesn’t understand that these are virtual females only; so with each new one it causes another flood of dopamine, time after time, click after click, as long as he continues. It’s a dopamine binge.”

      Majeres continues:

      “This is why pornography causes a vicious circle. When someone views pornography, he gets overstimulated by dopamine; so his brain destroys some dopamine receptors. This makes him feel depleted, so he goes back to pornography, but, having fewer dopamine receptors, this time it requires more to get the same dopamine thrill; but this causes his brain to destroy more receptors; so he feels an even greater need for pornography to stimulate him.

      “So as guys keep gaming the dopamine system, they start to find that they have to use pornography for longer and longer periods to have the same effect, and they have to visit more and more sites.”

      But even more porn sites eventually don’t cut it. What then?

      “You have to stimulate another emotion: fear or disgust or shock or surprise. For porn use, you need to start moving to kinkier things, things that make you afraid or make you feel a bit sick; and so you start experimenting with various perversions.”



      Nathaniel M. Lambert, Sesen Negash, Tyler F. Stillman, Spencer B. Olmstead, and Frank D. Fincham (2012). A Love That Doesn't Last: Pornography Consumption and Weakened Commitment to One's Romantic Partner. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology: Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 410-438.
      A Love That Doesn't Last: Pornography Consumption and Weakened Commitment to One's Romantic Partner
      Nathaniel M. Lambert1, Sesen Negash1, Tyler F. Stillman2, Spencer B. Olmstead3, Frank D. Fincham4
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      We examined whether the consumption of pornography affects romantic relationships, with the expectation that higher levels of pornography consumption would correspond to weakened commitment in young adult romantic relationships. Study 1 (n = 367) found that higher pornography consumption was related to lower commitment, and Study 2 (n = 34) replicated this finding using observational data. Study 3 (n = 20) participants were randomly assigned to either refrain from viewing pornography or to a self-control task. Those who continued using pornography reported lower levels of commitment than control participants. In Study 4 (n = 67), participants consuming higher levels of pornography flirted more with an extradyadic partner during an online chat. Study 5 (n = 240) found that pornography consumption was positively related to infidelity and this association was mediated by commitment. Overall, a consistent pattern of results was found using a variety of approaches including cross-sectional (Study 1), observational (Study 2), experimental (Study 3), and behavioral (Studies 4 and 5) data.

      Sexuality & Culture

      March 2019, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 271–291| Cite as

      Pornography Use and Virginity Status: Examining the Correlations of Pornography Consumption for Virgins and Non-virgins
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      Jordyn RandallEmail authorMickey Langlais
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      First Online: 13 August 2018

      Few studies have examined the influence of pornography consumption based on virginity status. Therefore, this study examines the associations between pornography consumption and emerging adult sexual and relationship development based on virginity status. Quantitative data comes from 133 emerging adults (85.7% fem

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      Quantitative data comes from 133 emerging adults (85.7% female; Mean age: 21.24; 24.1% virgins). Qualitative data comes from 21 participants. Results illustrated that pornography consumption was not associated with virgins’ affectionate and sexual behaviors. Additionally, pornography consumption was marginally associated with increased commitment for non-virgins’ romantic quality. Qualitative analyses revealed that consuming pornography provided unrealistic sex expectations or material to improve sexual experiences. Pornography may have mixed effects on emerging adult development.

      Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals with and without Compulsive Sexual Behaviours
      Valerie Voon, 1 , 2 , 3 , * Thomas B. Mole, 1 , 3 Paula Banca, 1 Laura Porter, 1 Laurel Morris, 1 , 2 Simon Mitchell, 1 , 3 Tatyana R. Lapa, 1 Judy Karr, 4 Neil A. Harrison, 5 Marc N. Potenza, 6 and Michael Irvine 1
      Veronique Sgambato-Faure, Editor
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      Although compulsive sexual behaviour (CSB) has been conceptualized as a “behavioural” addiction and common or overlapping neural circuits may govern the processing of natural and drug rewards, little is known regarding the responses to sexually explicit materials in individuals with and without CSB. Here, the processing of cues of varying sexual content was assessed in individuals with and without CSB, focusing on neural regions identified in prior studies of drug-cue reactivity. 19 CSB subjects and 19 healthy volunteers were assessed using functional MRI comparing sexually explicit videos with non-sexual exciting videos. Ratings of sexual desire and liking were obtained. Relative to healthy volunteers, CSB subjects had greater desire but similar liking scores in response to the sexually explicit videos. Exposure to sexually explicit cues in CSB compared to non-CSB subjects was associated with activation of the dorsal anterior cingulate, ventral striatum and amygdala. Functional connectivity of the dorsal anterior cingulate-ventral striatum-amygdala network was associated with subjective sexual desire (but not liking) to a greater degree in CSB relative to non-CSB subjects. The dissociation between desire or wanting and liking is consistent with theories of incentive motivation underlying CSB as in drug addictions. Neural differences in the processing of sexual-cue reactivity were identified in CSB subjects in regions previously implicated in drug-cue reactivity studies. The greater engagement of corticostriatal limbic circuitry in CSB following exposure to sexual cues suggests neural mechanisms underlying CSB and potential biological targets for interventions.

      Nicole Prause’s Malicious Reporting Pattern
      Nicole Prause has shown a consistent and troubling pattern of filing groundless, malicious
      complaints, and publicly claiming she has filed complaints when she has not done so. Below is
      an incomplete list of such complaints and false claims. (Out of fear of reprisal we have omitted
      numerous additional individuals & organizations, and there must surely be more we don't know
      about.) The baseless complaints Prause actually lodged were generally dismissed as nuisance
      filings. However, a few led to time-consuming investigations that were ultimately dismissed or
      produced little in the way of substantive results. Note: Prause regularly claims “whistleblower
      status” to keep her activities under the radar. So, there are likely other, non-public complaints in
      addition to those listed here.

      WASHINGTON — It used to be that, along with certain tax benefits, one advantage to being married was having more sex than singletons.

      That benefit is steadily diminishing, according to a study released Tuesday. Overall, American adults are having less sex than they did a quarter-century ago, with married people showing the most dramatic decline of all.

      The paper, published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, showed a drop across gender, race, region, education level, and work status.

      One factor is the higher percentage now of unpartnered people, who tend to have less sex than partnered ones.

      But a major driver is a steady fall in the rate of sexual activity for people who are married or living with partners, which reduces what had been known as the ‘‘marriage advantage.’’

      Using 1989-2014 data from the General Social Survey, the study found that American adults have sex seven to nine fewer times per year than in the 1990s. Back then, the average person had sex 60 to 62 times a ye

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      Using 1989-2014 data from the General Social Survey, the study found that American adults have sex seven to nine fewer times per year than in the 1990s. Back then, the average person had sex 60 to 62 times a year, but in the early 2000s the frequency began to slip, and by 2014 it had declined to less than 53 times a year.

      When looking only at married people, the drop was even sharper — from around 73 times a year in 1990 to around 55 in 2014 — bringing their frequency of sexual activity below that of never-married people. People in that group have sex an average of 59 times a year.

      At the same time, Americans overall became less coupled. In 1986, 66 percent of American adults were living with a partner; by 2014 only 59 percent were, according to GSS data. People who are not in couples, including those who have been married in the past, tend to have sex half as frequently as people who are, the study said.

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      But the general declines did not apply as much to single people, and men under the age of 25 bucked the societal trend and did not report a dropoff in their sex lives. Only 43.4% of single men reported no sex in the previous month in 2012, compared with 50.3% in 1991.