Jul 9 - Is Porn0graphy Driving Men Crazy?

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Jul 9 - Is pr0n0graphy Driving Men Crazy?
 

 
Could the widespread availability and consumption of pr0nography in recent years actually be rewiring the male brain?

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Some experts speculate that pr0nography is making men less interested in their own erotic partners [GALLO/GETTY]

It is hard to ignore how many highly visible men in recent years (indeed, months) have behaved in s3xually self-destructive ways. Some powerful men have long been s3xually voracious; unlike today, though, they were far more discreet and generally used much better judgment in order to cover their tracks.

Of course, the heightened technological ability nowadays to expose private behavior is part of the reason for this change. But that is precisely the point: so many of the men caught up in s3x-tinged scandals of late have exposed themselves - sometimes literally - through their own willing embrace of text messages, Twitter, and other indiscreet media.

What is driving this weirdly disinhibited decision-making? Could the widespread availability and consumption of pr0nography in recent years actually be rewiring the male brain, affecting men's judgment about s3x and causing them to have more difficulty controlling their impulses?

There is an increasing body of scientific evidence to support this idea. Six years ago, I wrote an essay called "The pr0n Myth," which pointed out that therapists and s3xual counselors were anecdotally connecting the rise in pr0nography consumption among young men with an increase in impotence and premature ejaculation among the same population. These were healthy young men who had no organic or psychological pathology that would disrupt normal s3xual function.

The hypothesis among the experts was that pr0nography was progressively desensitising these men s3xually. Indeed, hardcore pr0nography's effectiveness in achieving rapid desensitisation in subjects has led to its frequent use in training doctors and military teams to deal with very shocking or sensitive situations.

Given the desensitisation effect on most male subjects, researchers found that they quickly required higher levels of stimulation to achieve the same level of arousal. The experts I interviewed at the time were speculating that pr0n use was desensitising healthy young men to the erotic appeal of their own partners.

Since then, a great deal of data on the brain's reward system has accumulated to explain this rewiring more concretely. We now know that pr0n delivers rewards to the male brain in the form of a short-term dopamine boost, which, for an hour or two afterwards, lifts men's mood and makes them feel good in general. The neural circuitry is identical to that for other addictive triggers, such as gambling or cocaine.

The addictive potential is also identical: just as gamblers and cocaine users can become compulsive, needing to gamble or snort more and more to get the same dopamine boost, so can men consuming pr0nography become hooked. As with these other reward triggers, after the dopamine burst wears off, the consumer feels a letdown - irritable, anxious, and longing for the next fix. (There is some new evidence, uncovered by Jim Pfaus at Concordia University in Canada, that desensitisation may be affecting women consumers of pr0nography as well.)

This dopamine effect explains why pr0nography tends to become more and more extreme over time: ordinary s3xual images eventually lose their power, leading consumers to need images that break other taboos in other kinds of ways, in order to feel as good. Moreover, some men (and women) have a "dopamine hole" - their brains' reward systems are less efficient - making them more likely to become addicted to more extreme pr0n more easily.

As with any addiction, it is very difficult, for neurochemical reasons, for an addict to stop doing things - even very self-destructive things - that enable him to get that next hit of dopamine. Could this be why men who in the past could take time-delayed steps to conduct affairs behind closed doors now can't resist the impulse to send a self-incriminating text message? If so, such men might not be demons or moral ciphers, but rather addicts who are no longer entirely in control of themselves.

This is not to say that they are not responsible for their behavior. But I would argue that it is a different kind of responsibility: the responsibility to understand the powerfully addictive potential of pr0nography use, and to seek counseling and medication if the addiction starts to affect one's spouse, family, professional life, or judgment.

By now, there is an effective and detailed model for weaning pr0n-addicted men and restoring them to a more balanced mental state, one less at the mercy of their compulsions. Understanding how pr0nography affects the brain and wreaks havoc on male virility permits people to make better-informed choices - rather than engage in pointless self-loathing or reactive collective judgments - in a world that has become more and more addictively hardcore.

Naomi Wolf is a political activist and social critic whose most recent book is Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries.

A version of this article first appeared on Project Syndicate.

The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial policy.


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41 comments for "Jul 9 - Is Porn0graphy Driving Men Crazy?"

 6 years ago '04        #2
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 07-09-2011, 10:51 PM         #3
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it drives me crazy...You guys dont even know the things i have Fapped to :sad2:
 07-09-2011, 11:04 PM         #4
Exploit 
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 TheCityOnMyMind said:
it drives me crazy...You guys dont even know the things i have Fapped to :sad2:
 6 years ago '04        #5
dog4life 1 heat pts
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the first time i can say this i didn't read.
 6 years ago '07        #6
stogz 18 heat pts18
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I didn't read the whole article but, I can definitely say that i am one of these people.

When i first started having s3x, i used to only fuk girls that i liked. Now, i look for wh0ores to try disgusting stuff with.... pr0n made me a nasty fuk!!! As I've sasid before, i like to feel ashamed in the morning.
 6 years ago '05        #7
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i dont even watch pr0n..most people who watch pr0n cant get girls or r with an ugly bi.tich or generally have no life.
 6 years ago '08        #8
illmatic_kid 9 heat pts
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*Raises hand*..Im a pervert, but I don't really give a fu*k.........
 6 years ago '08        #9
DooM 66 heat pts66
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i tell you why its making men crazy... you go out into the world daily as men looking for some a.ss.... you come across a chick and you envision fu*king her brains out... but in all reality you have no chance... the pr0n fantasy and reality start intertwining and every bad chick you see you just want to say some words and hear that pr0n music come on but alas, it doesnt...

And another thing... these bi*ches act like their pus*y is golden/ pandoras box... and its too much effort sometimes... hence why i wish i was born in the 60's..
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 6 years ago '04        #11
Superstar 
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yes its drivin us crazy n*gga....fap fap fap.....like im bussin a gun only im....nvm.....i just got in from the club just clownin....
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MochaWhitey 10 heat pts10
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DIDN'T READ

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 6 years ago '06        #14
sunsetnVine 21 heat pts21
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bunch of posters talking bout they didn't read.... in denial... they read... they know they bust in 30 seconds if they do get to see the puss... lmao

for realz tho... i thinkg it goes both ways... dudes nowadays turning and burning broads out on some pr0no shyt..

in turn broads is all about sending nekkid picks and fullfilling that fantasy.. shyt goes both ways....

feel bad for yall single dudes... your future wifes prolly on some homegrown pr0n site lmao
 07-10-2011, 11:51 AM         #15
BusinessMan21 
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pr0n has taught me wild s3x movies.
 07-10-2011, 03:05 PM         #16
Nutty2003 
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 BusinessMan21 said:
pr0n has taught me wild s3x movies.


 6 years ago '06        #17
davon4204 34 heat pts34
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 awall said:
i dont even watch pr0n..most people who watch pr0n cant get girls or r with an ugly bi.tich or generally have no life.

You don't know what your talkin about.
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 R Dot said:

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this lol
 6 years ago '11        #20
Loso Luciano24 227 heat pts227
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 awall said:
i dont even watch pr0n..most people who watch pr0n cant get girls or r with an ugly bi.tich or generally have no life.


You dumb bi*ch!
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