PORN! That’s right, pornography. This, alone, is one of our generation’s biggest health issues. So what is it about porn that causes millions of people to suffer physically, mentally and emotionally? After all, some people believe that porn is a healthy sexual activity and a harmless matter of personal choice.

Physically

Porn has numerous effects on the body, including destroying a man’s ability to have real sex with a real partner. With more and more porn use the brain begins to create new pathways to recognize what’s pleasurable. What that means is that the brain gets wired to be turned on by porn and a man can no longer achieve an erection with a real partner; resulting in erectile dysfunction. After some time, some of the brain’s dopamine receptors will shut down, making it difficult to be turned on even by porn.

Mentally

Depression, anxiety and loneliness are major problems in our world today, but did you know that porn is a major cause of all three of these issues? Because of porn users’ desire to keep their use a secret, their relationships ultimately suffer, leaving them lonely and vulnerable to developing other psychological problems. Studies show that porn users also commonly develop body-image issues, low self-esteem and insecurity.

Emotionally

Humans have a need for intimacy and porn tries to fill that need with something fake. Not only is porn not fulfilling, it can also ruin any real intimate relationships the user has. Porn portrays sex as being all about the individual’s pleasure.

Porn has become a public health crisis. Its vicious cycle traps millions of people, who are suffering from its effects. Sexuality should be intertwined with love and romance. Porn causes viewers to see those they love as toys to be played with. Love should be deep and intimate and exciting and fun … and real.

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About the Author

Peter Stoker

Peter Stoker

C. Peter STOKER, MPH, CHES, is a community health education coordinator, HIV outreach educator, epidemiologist for Salt Lake County Health Department. Information in these articles is gathered from multiple sources and are a reflection of the author’s opinion only.

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