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    Watching pornography damages men's brains

    Regularly viewing sexually explicit videos causes the brain the shrink and work less effectively
    Research has shown that watching pornography may shrink the brain and dull responses to sexual stimulation

    Watching pornography may shrink the brain and dull responses to sexual stimulation, researchers have suggested.
    Scientists have found for the first time that regularly viewing sexual images could
    be physically harmful.

    Researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Berlin found that a part of the brain which activates when people feel motivated or rewarded, shrinks and works less efficiently.

    So people who watch a lot of porn are likely to need increasingly graphic material to achieve the same sexual stimulation.

    The scientists also believe that people who already have a smaller ‘striatum’ – the reward part of the brain – may be more likely to use pornography.

    “It's not clear, for example, whether watching porn leads to brain changes or whether people born with certain brain types watch more porn,” said Dr Simone Kühn.

    “We found that the volume of the so-called striatum, a brain region that has been associated with reward processing and motivated behavior was smaller the more pornography consumption the participants reported.

    “Moreover we found that another brain region, that is also part of the striatum that is active when people see sexual stimuli, shows less activation the more pornography participants consumed.”

    For the study, Dr Kuhn and her colleague Jurgen Gallinat from Charite University, also in Berlin, recruited 64 healthy men between the ages of 21 and 45 years and asked them questions about their porn-watching habits.

    They also took images of the men’s brains to measure volume and to see how their brains reacted to pornographic pictures.

    They found noticeable differences in the men who abstained compared with those who regularly accessed sexual videos or images.

    However other researchers claimed that pornography in moderation was probably not damaging.
    “Everything is going to be bad in excess and it’s probably not terrible in moderation,” Dr Gregory Tau of the Columbia University

    Dr Tau, who was not involved with the study, agreed that more research should be done in this area and that longer studies would be need to find out if porn leads to brain changes.

    “It is possible that there are individuals with a certain kind of brain that are more susceptible to these kinds of behaviors,” he said.

    “Or, it’s possible it’s the excessive use (of porn) that’s perpetuating itself to causing brain changes. Or, it could be both.

    The study was published in JAMA Psychiatry.

    Watching pornography damages men's brains - Telegraph

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    So, they don't really know.
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    The incredible shrinking brain...along with the incredible shrinking penis...together they spell end of the story for you ENT.

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    Dunno about that, I don't watch porn or do steroids.

    Can't say the same for some board members.

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    Nobody knows which came first, the small brain or the porn; although it is thought that porn causes the brain to shrink, it could be that people with smaller brains are more attracted to porn. Either way, this latest piece of research isn’t particularly flattering for porn bunnies.

    And there are lots of them. According to a University of East London survey, 97 per cent of boys and 80 per cent of girls between the ages of 16 and 20 have viewed pornography. In the United States, one in three women regularly indulge and 70 per cent of men between 18 and 24 visit pornographic websites at least once a month.'

    Ultimately, the answer must lie in moderation. If the dangers of excessive porn use are more widely known, perhaps enthusiasts will begin to regulate their use. That is,
    if their brains still function well enough to do so.

    Is porn literally shrinking men's brains? - Telegraph

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    There’s a scene in Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new comedy about a womanising New Jersey stud with a rabid porn habit, in which Julianne Moore’s character gently breaks it to Jon that the sex they had was, well, not that good. That, actually, she felt like Jon was pretty much masturbating using her instead of his hand. Jon is stunned, mortified and finally completely confused by his sex life. Because, the truth is, he’s not enjoying it much either. Porn is what he really loves. Porn, porn and more porn.

    How porn is rewiring our brains - Telegraph

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    I've seen reports that say thinking about sex increases intelligence. I think the researchers mentioned in the OP's Telegraph article should think about sex more often before publishing their next report. It "may" help them to come to a better conclusion.

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    Let me check. I'll get back to when I have finished checking.

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    What's pornography?

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    This should be in the goat thread,goats are intelligent enough to be only moderate porn users.

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    What about people who grew up in an age where the youth had to sit through hours off insanely naff films and TV , just in the hope of a glimpse of a pair of heaving breasts etc
    What brain rejigging , rotting, damage did that cause?.

    These porn addicts who have a massive collection of thousands of videos do need help though.



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    My right arms like arnie schwartzenagers now thanks to porno,

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    Just who paid for this scientific study? Money well spent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann View Post
    What's pornography?
    When I was in infant and junior school I used to draw my own porn on the desks.
    A bit like this;
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    I called it graphy porn. It sufficed until I could get my hands on my mum's Kays Catalogues and in particular the lingerie section.
    Last edited by Gazza; 22-11-2014 at 08:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue
    What about people who grew up in an age where the youth had to sit through hours off insanely naff films and TV , just in the hope of a glimpse of a pair of heaving breasts etc
    The late 60's and nearly all of the 70's had more than that. Plenty of full frontal stuff after 9pm. Shabby Tiger, Casanova, Bouquet of Barbed Wire (in fact almost anything with Frank Finlay in it) would leave one with life long memories of some great tv programs of the times.

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    A study of 64 - wow, what an extensive study that was. Any results MUST be conclusive!

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    Well, it does answer the age old question - "What do small brains and pornography have in common?"

    Another mystery solved through conclusive scientific proof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT
    According to a University of East London survey, 97 per cent of boys and 80 per cent of girls between the ages of 16 and 20 have viewed pornography.
    In related news 3 per cent of boys and 20 per cent of girls between the ages of 16 and 20 are fucking blind or liars.

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    Still checking, but some members may need to provide evidence for linear regression analysis.

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    Some members are decidedly defensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    My right arms like arnie schwartzenagers now thanks to porno,
    I had the "Cindy Crawford Workout Video" to thank for a similar case of Fiddler Crab-type over development of my right arm.

    I wrote to her telling Cindy of my astonishing results after using her workout tape, but just got some letter back from her lawyer.

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