Too Much Porn Can Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men

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Men who prefer porn to sex have higher rates of erectile dysfunction, says new research

It seems like there’s a buzzed-about new stat or study about porn every week, whether it’s the idea that watching it can help you go on better dates or the fact that people in highly religious states watch it more than anyone else. The latest porn finding is pretty gloomy. Men who prefer porn and masturbation to real-life sex are likelier to experience erectile dysfunction according to research recently presented at the American Urological Association’s annual meeting.

Rates of erectile dysfunction skyrocketed when porn became widely available. The first dedicated porn websites reportedly appeared in 2006, and rates of erectile dysfunction nearly doubled between 2004 and 2014 — timing that appears to be no coincidence.

The research, which aimed to find out the effects of porn on both genders, was conducted on 314 men and 71 women between the ages of 20 and 40. Interestingly, women actually had higher rates of sexual dysfunction (52 percent) whereas 27 percent of men experienced sexual problems. However, men watched porn much more than women, which is one way the doctors identified the correlation.

Experts say that internet and porn addiction have the same physiological effects as addictive drugs. Like with alcohol, nicotine or cocaine, once your body gets used to that high, it’s nearly impossible to recreate with anything other than the drug it craves.

Dr. Matthew Christman, a urologist at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California, hypothesizes, “Internet pornography increases sensitivity to pornographic cues and decreases sensitivity to normal stimuli.” In other words, once men get used to all that crazy on-screen action, sex IRL just might not do the trick for them anymore.

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