Have you unwittingly let yourself take part in the great internet pornography experiment? Indeed, there are certainly many eager test subjects. Canadian researcher Simon Lajeunesse found that boys as young as 10 years old surf internet pornography: Many teenage boys go on to develop life-long addictions and habits related to frequently surfing internet pornography. What about the health implications in this dangerous experiment? More on this later.
What makes internet pornography so different to previous history is the sheer abundance of material available online. Remember, guys today see more hot girls online in a few hours than others saw in an entire lifetime in previous years. Research has found that the greatest arousal produced by watching this material was not directly to do with nudity... but from the novelty of surfing countless volumes of online pornography at the click of a mouse button.
-The novelty factor together with the shock and surprise elements obtained from continuous surfing leads to arousal addiction.
This is where the health issues kick in. It has been found that long-term heavy use has the effect of producing symptoms of ADHD, depression, social behavioural disorders, difficulty concentrating and anxiety...
The brain is wired to seek rewards. However, hyper-stimulation of the brain's reward circuitry produced by constantly watching internet pornography gives rise to high elevations in the neurotransmitter dopamine. This forms the basis of addiction, leading to structural changes in the brain. Yes, internet pornography changes the brain folks!
Internet pornography addiction is synonymous with drug addiction. Physiological studies show that both types of addict produce the same brain activity. Both report that everyday things normally enjoyed do not satisfy anymore, while the willpower to resist their addiction further weakens and withers away...
As time goes by, the degree of arousal in heavy internet pornography users decreases. So does the libido and sexual performance, which leads to impotence. Social problems manifest having trouble interacting with women... What about the way women are treated by men having been addicted to internet pornography since their early teens..? Some heavy users through extremities have changed their very nature and sexuality...
However, there is a light at the end of this tunnel. It exists in those who have kicked the habit. By giving up the habit and no longer having the addiction the brain's structural changes can be reversed. Guys who have achieved this are invaluable to research because they have served as the missing control group in studies; those without the effects of internet pornography: Previously, researchers couldn't find ANY guys who were not surfing pornography!
The symptoms of ADHD, depression, social behavioural disorders, difficulty concentrating and anxiety... mentioned earlier were originally thought to be the underlying root causes for the want to constantly surf pornography. However, now it has been found that in some cases it may be the other way round: These symptoms could manifest as a result of surfing too much pornography. A significant number of those who have kicked the habit report no longer having these symptoms.
Continuing with the bright side, some of those who have kicked the habit have reported having a 'new lease of life.' Besides no longer having the above symptoms they report feeling happier and now appreciate the finer things in life again, spend more time doing things such as taking up playing a musical instrument, learning a new language, having a better memory, are able to be calmer and find their relationships with the opposite sex much better than before.
There are a number of websites dedicated to helping out with addiction and how to overcome it. Some websites invite the '90 day challenge.' This involves kicking the habit, going 90 days without watching internet pornography.
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