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Gary Wilson

Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction

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'Your Brain on Porn' by Gary Wilson exposes how consuming internet porn can lead to addiction, brain changes, and sexual dysfunction. The book offers scientific evidence and practical exercises to help readers overcome porn addiction and regain control over their sex lives.

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    How pornography addiction works

    Over the past two decades, the world has welcomed the widespread adoption of high-speed internet. In many ways, it’s made our lives better – all the world’s information is at our fingertips. At the same time, high-speed internet triggered a transformation of the porn industry. Gone are the days of buying pornographic magazines or videotapes. Now, an infinite amount of porn can be freely accessed with the click of a button. This has led to a significant spike in the number of people who watch porn on a regular basis.

    Considering all this, it comes as no surprise that pornography addiction is on the rise. But when does porn consumption end and porn addiction begin? Well, it turns out compulsive porn viewing can lead to changes in the brain that are similar to those seen in drug addiction. If you or someone you know has been addicted to a substance or gambling, you probably know the signs. 

    For example, if you’ve ever tried to cut back or quit watching porn only to return to it against your better judgment, you might be addicted. Perhaps you can’t control the urge to watch porn even if it interferes with your responsibilities, relationships, or commitments. And if you continue watching porn even after realizing the negative consequences it’s having on your life, then it might be time to consider seeking help.

    In recent years, there’s been an increase in research examining the negative consequences of porn addiction. One of the most studied areas is the link between excessive use of porn and sexual dysfunction, particularly erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. The statistics on erectile dysfunction, or ED for short, are shocking to say the least. Six studies since 2010 found ED rates of 14 to 33 percent in young men – a 1,000 percent increase from the 2 to 3 percent rate found in studies before the age of high-speed internet.

    There is also evidence that excessive porn consumption can lead to decreased amounts of gray matter in the brain. This suggests that prolonged exposure to porn can result in difficulty focusing, problems with storing memories, a decrease in self-regulation, and a heightened risk of depression.

    Maybe you can relate to some of these negative effects of porn addiction. But if you think you might have a porn problem, don’t worry. Evidence suggests that the negative effects of porn addiction aren’t permanent – and that abstaining for as little as one month can have huge benefits for your mental health, cognitive function, and relationships.

    It’s also important to remember that you’re not alone. A growing movement of porn quitters has accompanied the increasing prevalence of porn addiction. It styles itself as the “nofap” community, and it’s filled with people who’ve quit or are trying to quit porn. Internet forums such as the nofap subreddit provide resources, support, and encouragement for people trying to cure their addiction to porn. The struggle is real, and many members of the nofap community admit that quitting porn was the hardest thing they’ve ever done.

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    What is Your Brain on Porn about?

    Your Brain on Porn (2014) examines the explosion of internet pornography addiction. In the age of high-speed internet, porn is more widespread than ever. And although excessive porn consumption can negatively affect mental health and sexual function, the damage can be reversed. 

    Your Brain on Porn Review

    Your Brain on Porn (2014) is a thought-provoking exploration of the impact of pornography on the brain, relationships, and society. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With scientific research and personal stories, it offers a comprehensive understanding of the effects of pornography, empowering readers to make informed decisions.
    • By discussing the neurological changes that occur due to porn consumption, the book sheds light on addiction, desire, and the potential for healing.
    • It challenges societal beliefs about pornography, providing a fascinating look at the topic while maintaining a respectful and non-judgmental approach.

    Who should read Your Brain on Porn?

    • Anyone who thinks they might be suffering from porn addiction
    • Students of psychology or medicine
    • Internet connoisseurs seeking to understand the effects of excessive porn consumption

    About the Author

    Gary Wilson was a teacher, author, and public health advocate who focused on the negative effects of pornography. He attained internet fame with his viral TEDx talk titled “The Great Porn Experiment.” It’s been viewed more than 13 million times since being published in 2012.

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