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Porn addiction is destroying lives, but researchers are not persuaded that it is true.

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Porn is nothing new, but the high-speed Internet has turned it into another thing. Growing numbers of people who grew up with online pornography call it a mega stimulant they’ve become addicted to also claiming it has the potential to rewire the mind.

But the scientist is divided: some believe that porn can cause physical harm, while others suggest obsessive porn that is also a coping strategy for anxiety, depression, as well as other concerns.

The conflict between the two groups is so broad that some players have tried openly to undermine each other to attack credentials or to allege links to the adult entertainment industry. Charges of stalking and aggressive actions have also been made, both online and in the real world.

“There are indeed intense people from both sides,” said Shane Kraus, director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Behavioral Addiction Lab and co-author of the shortly published study of 415 habitual sexual behavior research. “What we know is that porn can be a very challenging issue for a lot of people. How do we characterize it How do we treat it? We’re still concentrating on such topics.”

As the controversy rages, more people have been distressed by the use of porn. Approximately 4.4 percent of men and 1.2 percent of women consider themselves porn-addicted, according to a survey of Australian adults, the first representative porn addiction study. If those numbers were seen in the US, more than 6 million adult Americans will have a porn habit. Stats, in particular, do not include teens, a demographic that is increasingly likely to see themselves as addicts.

The Great Porn Experience Experiment

The Great Porn Experience Experiment

The age of 13. On average, this is when most individuals visit porn for the first time. It’s the start of a lifelong habit for most boys and a growing number of girls. About 80 percent of men and 30 percent of women (45 percent if you count women who just watch with their partners) watch porn regularly.

Distressing Effects, Cause Is Confusing and Unclear.

The internet makes it simpler than ever before. PornHub reports 76% of its traffic comes from cell phones—and more people want to watch than ever before, thanks to COVID-19, keeping people at home.

“The widespread use of internet porn is one of the fastest-moving, most global experiments ever unconsciously conducted,” said retired science professor Gary Wilson in his 2012 Ted Talk, The Great Porn Experiment, which recorded more than 13 million views. Wilson, who also operates the Your Brain On Porn website, has been influential in spreading the notion that porn is a public health concern. It’s a compelling number, but the list seeks quantity rather than quality studies had large samples as small as one. There are troubling papers to be found, however, such as a July 2020 survey of 5,800 men, in which 23 percent of respondents under 35 mentioned erectile dysfunction. This the website argues, underpins one of Wilson’s main claims: that excessive use of porn has triggered alarming rates of erectile dysfunction in young men.

Wilson suggests that our hunter-gatherer brain, subjected to hours of porn every week for years to come, has become accustomed to super-high stimulus levels and starts to rewire itself, being indifferent to daily pleasures but keenly sensitive to porn. Watching porn, he notes, produces a vicious cycle that contributes to the deterioration of willpower and the creation of addiction.

Distressing Effects, Cause Is Confusing and Unclear.

The scientist behind the survey of 5,800 men, Gunter De Win, professor of urology at the Belgian University of Antwerp, is not entirely persuaded that porn was a key problem. Those who are most likely to experience erectile dysfunction in his survey were self-described addicts, but they also watched less porn than others. In simple terms, those who watch 60 minutes a week and think they’re addicted are more likely to report sexual dysfunction than those who watch 160 minutes a week without consideration.

In particular, many De Win patients have different meanings of ED. Someone that can get erect 100 percent of the time or stay erect for marathon periods can falsely report that they are dysfunctional. This means that the data must be cautiously viewed.

“It’s completely incorrect to say that it’s certainly porn which is triggering it but it’s accurate to say there will be a certain influence of porn,” De Win said. “But what is the cause and what is the effect? I think that is very difficult to consider at the moment.”

A researcher reports that many activists condemn porn with religious claims, or by pointing out violations that are often involved in porn production.

Distressing Effects, Cause Is Confusing and Unclear.

However, he wants to concentrate on the mental and physical health risks—sexual dysfunction, addiction, depression, and emotional ennui people have felt firsthand.

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