Three Practical Reasons to Quit Pornography

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Whether or not you think you might be addicted to pornography, it can be a very harmful presence in your life.  If you are currently in a relationship, you may have noticed the emotional damage that your porn-viewing does to your partner and the conflict it causes in your relationship.  Along with the emotional damage, pornography can cause also cause some practical problems that you should take into account when you think about your habit.  Porn is bad for your brain, your sex life, and your finances; these are three practical reasons to quit pornography today.

  1. That porn habit is physically changing your brain.  When you view pornographic images, you probably feel a sense of enjoyment, or you wouldn’t bother.  That feeling is caused partly by a chemical called dopamine.  Your brain evolved dopamine as part of a system to reward you for certain actions, like feeding, reproducing, and bonding with others, which increase your chances of surviving and passing on your DNA.  In response to certain experiences, like a good meal, praise from a friend, or sexual stimulation, your brain releases dopamine.  Dopamine is a kind of chemical called a neurotransmitter, which gives your body an instruction when it comes into contact with a structure in the brain called a synapse.  In the case of dopamine, that instruction is basically “feel happy.”  The problem with porn and other addictions is that too much artificial stimulation of dopamine release- too much porn or drugs or alcohol- changes the chemical balance in your brain so that you need more dopamine to get the same feeling, and stronger triggers to release that dopamine.  Scientists call this tolerance.  If you already suffer from depression or bipolar disorder, this is an even bigger risk, because the chemical balance in your brain is already disrupted; if you don’t already suffer from depression, remember that this disrupting of your brain chemistry can actually cause it.
  2. Porn can wreck your real sex life.  One of the mental side effects of porn is something that some researchers have called the “Centerfold Syndrome.”  Being presented with airbrushed, perfect, idealized- and mostly fake- images of the opposite sex tends to change your expectations.  If you see enough slender, big-busted, flawlessly perfect actresses, for instance, that becomes your standard of beauty no matter how unrealistic it is (and it is unrealistic), s0 you start judging real people’s appearance more harshly.  That’s not unique to porn; the same problem has been pointed out with ordinary Hollywood movies, magazine ads, and commercials; the media we consume is setting unattainable standards that almost no one can achieve without plastic surgery.  Pornography just takes it to extremes.  The end result can be less physical intimacy with your real-life partner; a 2008 study in the Journal of Sex Research discovered that men who viewed a lot of porn were likely to say that they became more critical of their partner’s appearance and lost interest in sex with their partner as a result.  If you think you’re not one of those guys, bear in mind that twice as many women reported that their porn-watching spouses became more critical, and that this criticism made the women less interested in sex.  Porn skews your expectations in ways that can push your partner away.
  3. One way or another, porn is expensive.  At one point during the height of my husband’s last “episode,” we were paying more in a month for porn than we were paying for electricity.  Think about that for a minute.  Think about the things you could buy, the bills you could pay, the fun and exciting things you could do, with the money you may be spending on porn (which we’ve already shown is really hurting you anyway).  You may think that buying one twenty-dollar-a-month subscription to one site is no big deal, but that’s the danger of porn; remember that as you view more porn, you change your brain chemistry so that it needs even more porn to get the same result.  That means that your one site subscription can turn into three or four or more before you even realize it.  That adds up to a lot of money.  If you think you can avoid this by sticking to free sites, think again; that tolerance your brain is building will eventually mean that your habit is going to force you to seek more than you can find on free sites.  Besides, even free sits come with expensive risks, like adware, spyware, and viruses that can cause expensive damage to your computer (think of them as digital STDs).
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  • Treating Pornography Addiction by Kevin B. Skinner Ph.D.
    I have read over 15 books on Pornography and Sexual addiction and this truly is one of the best books on the subject. The reason is I recommend this particular book is because it is full of excellent actionable steps. Other books do a good job describing the problem, but don’t really offer a realistic solution.
  • Your Sexually Addicted Spouse – How Partners Can Cope and Heal by Barbara Steffens Ph.D.
    I know that about half of visitors to our site are spouses of people who might be suffering with pornography and sex addiction. To the best of my knowledge this book is one of the most helpful books for the partners.
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  1. jack says

    Good news – stopping use of porn and stopping masturbation, immediately starts rebuilding manly strength, calm and judgment. It’s a revelation and a revolution. Restraining sexual expression also clears the mind, increases energy, raises self-respect and improves your respect and care for women. One small step for a man, a giant leap forward for mankind! Don’t believe me – try it yourself. Results guaranteed or all your fantasies back!

  2. pal singh says

    Yes all the things are right which are written above
    I started watching porn images in mid of 2013 when i was in depression.,that time i was in 10rh class ithink that it will help me in coming out of it firstly it give me pleasure but now it has ruined my life i am not able to build strong realtionship with others and many more problems are also arising plz help me if you can

  3. abdul says

    Sir You are right. It destroy our mental power of tolerance and feeling our relations also man want more and more which he can not achieve in reality thus effect sexual and mental balance. It damage the remembrance power of memory.

  4. says

    That dopamine does it affects your brain to the extend of having short memory and also makes you forget thing you read before I. E( it affects academically).

  5. Porn is Bad says

    But seriously, the very nature of porn is bad – especially much of the porn that’s out there these days. It involves misogyny, degradation, and a lack of empathy. At some level, our higher minds know that a person is being exploited (the performer). This will lead to depression in the person who is watching it. Most people have humanity and don’t want to hurt other people. I would argue all have empathy, but I don’t want to get into a discussion over psychopaths. The tragedy is that people who have been abused themselves are most prone to be hurt by the porn industry, either by watching it or being exploited by it.

  6. Bingo says

    Don’t understand how porn can be “expensive”, when you have the internet and you basically have access to everything you want, need and even didn’t know existed !!!

  7. johaan says

    there is no harm in watching porn i m 33 years old guy .. i hv 3 kids n i still watch porn and hv sex with my wife..

    • Anonymous says

      I have no idea what you feel after u watch porn. Me I feel guilty and depressed. Morally porn is not a good thing to look at in other words it teaches someone to have sex with anyone they want. If some one wants to have pure mind and intimacy he or she has to stay way from porn. Porn is good only for porn industry due to the billion dollar income.

    • Anonymous says

      porn is bad for your mind i wish enternet had no porn sites at alll be cuse it could led pepople to go to jaill for looking at it and i dont think it safe for kids adults or any one to look at it .

  8. Rainbow says

    I am without porn and sex for almost one month now and I feel fantastic! Sex in moderation is best, but porn – best do without it as it simply give you a distorted view of your partner.

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