Is Porn Harmful?

Is Porn Harmful?

Depictions of sexual content in films, music videos, and the Internet have increased in recent years. Because the Internet is not subject to regulations, it has emerged as a vehicle for circulation of pornography. Pornographic images are available for consumption in the privacy of one’s home via the Internet rather than in public adult bookstores or movie theaters. Therefore, the accessibility, affordability, and anonymity have attracted a wider audience. Research in the United States has shown that 66% of men and 41% of women consume pornography on a monthly basis. An estimated 50% of all Internet traffic is related to sex. These percentages illustrate that pornography is no longer an issue of minority populations but a mass phenomenon that influences our society. The frequency of pornography consumption has been shown to predict various negative outcome measures in humans. A representative Swedish study on adolescent boys has shown that boys with daily consumption showed more interest in deviant and illegal types of pornography and more frequently reported the wish to actualise what was seen in real life. In partnerships, a decrease in sexual satisfaction and a tendency to adopt pornographic scripts have been associated with frequent Internet pornography consumption. A longitudinal study following Internet users has found that accessing pornography online was predictive of compulsive computer use after 1 year. Taken together, the aforementioned findings support the assumption that pornography has an impact on the behaviour and social cognition of its consumers. Therefore, we assume that pornography consumption, even on a non-addicted level, may have an impact on brain structure and function. Credit: Research Paper on Brain Structure And Functional Connectivity Associated With Pornography Consumption by Simone Kuhn & Jurgen Gallinat Published In The JAMA Network On July 2014.

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