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Internet porn turns men into lousy partners, says U.S. study; takes 6 to 12 weeks for them to recover from porn addiction
GMA News Online, citing a Psychology Today article, reports that Cupid’s Poisoned Arrow author Marnia Robinson has revealed that "a growing number of otherwise healthy young men who were, however, Internet porn addicts developed an inability to be turned on by real partners."
Published on: Oct 25, 2011 - 7:30am
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GMA News Online, citing a Psychology Today article, reports that Cupid's Poisoned Arrow author Marnia Robinson has revealed that "a growing number of otherwise healthy young men who were, however, Internet porn addicts developed an inability to be turned on by real partners."

 

Robinson referred to a past survey by Italian urologists that noted a link between erectile dysfunction and porn use. The findings showed that "70 percent of men seeking clinical help for sexual performance problems admit to using Internet pornography habitually."


According to Robinson, recent behavioral addiction research suggests that the loss of libido and performance occur because heavy users are numbing their brain's normal response to pleasure. The report pointed out that dopamine is "the neurochemical that causes motivation, addictions, as well as drives the search for rewards."

 

Robinson explained: "Erotic words, pictures, and videos have been around a long while, but the Internet makes possible a neverending stream of dopamine spikes. Today's users can force its release by watching porn in multiple windows, searching endlessly, fast-forwarding to the bits they find hottest, switching to live sex chat, viewing constant novelty, firing up their mirror neurons with video action and cam-2-cam, or escalating to extreme genres and anxiety-producing material. It’s all free, easy to access, available within seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Overstimulation of the reward circuitry in the brain is a very real possibility today."

 

Robinson also said that men who quit their Internet porn habit may experience withdrawal symptoms, which include insomnia, irritability, panic, despair, concentration problems, and even flu-like symptoms. However, she also said that the brain just needs a chance to “reboot," or return to normal dopamine sensitivity. Recovery appears to take six to 12 weeks. That is, of course, assuming that they decide to quit the wired porn habit.

 

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online or check out the Psychology Today website.

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23 Comments
  • tsk
    Ron Jeremy... Ron Jeremy... Don't be complacent that your wife isn't imagining being with someone else... Coz women do imagine, it's just they are not st*p*d to tell who to their partners.
    Oct 26 2011 @ 06:29am     Reply  
  • bloodlikeroses
    I enjoy asian porn. I don't get to watch daily though.... so I guess it's not an addiction. lol.rnrnrn
    Oct 26 2011 @ 01:08am     Reply  
  • hugh hefner
    Take it from me, Internet porn doesn't excite me, i Iike the real things, like my Playmates at my Mansion!
    Oct 25 2011 @ 07:48pm     Reply  
  • ron jeremy
    @genuine......Look at the Mitsubishops, one day they're conducting mass, next day they're raping young girls and boys. Take a clue from these bastards. You know what I'm saying ?
    Oct 25 2011 @ 07:03pm     Reply  
  • genuine
    Porn desensitizes, and it skews the way i look at women and at love..well, sometimes.
    Oct 25 2011 @ 06:48pm     Reply  
  • ron jeremy
    @dan......My man, you don't get it. It's called self confidence, you know what I'm saying.
    Oct 25 2011 @ 05:50pm     Reply  
  • dan
    After insulting Brad Pitt, you are now insulting Valentino. Lol.
    Oct 25 2011 @ 05:31pm     Reply  
  • ron jeremy
    This study is faulty at best because it failed to consider people with Valentino complex like me.
    Oct 25 2011 @ 02:32pm     Reply  
  • dan
    I am not torturing you Ron.rnrnrnBut you are torturing Brad Pitt.rnrnLol.
    Oct 25 2011 @ 01:05pm     Reply  
  • ron jeremy
    Hey Dan......All scales start at 1 whether it's made in China or the US. Are you torturing me or what ?
    Oct 25 2011 @ 12:59pm     Reply  
  • @dan
    U_lol! (ultimate laugh out loud).
    Oct 25 2011 @ 12:39pm     Reply  
  • trekki monster
    Okay.
    Oct 25 2011 @ 12:37pm     Reply  
  • dan
    and the scale starts at 7 being the lowest, and 10 being the highest.
    Oct 25 2011 @ 12:36pm     Reply  
  • ron jeremy
    @trekkie......My mindset is not on the same page as yours but this much I can say that my looks is a 7 and Brad Pitt is around 9+ on a scale of 10 so I don't worry about my wife looking or imagining at someone else.
    Oct 25 2011 @ 12:19pm     Reply  
  • trekki monster
    Weh? I'm sure she would advise you to lose the pretensions. Try to remember what you love about your wife and rediscover it. What would you feel if your wife was just imagining she's with Brad Pitt? Sex would be better with someone real, someone you know. Someone who's actually with you. Otherwise, naglolokohan lang kayo.
    Oct 25 2011 @ 11:20am     Reply  
  • ron jeremy
    I'm sure Dr. Holmes will advise me to keep on banging. LoL !
    Oct 25 2011 @ 11:09am     Reply  
  • @ron jeremy
    consult margie holmes NOW!
    Oct 25 2011 @ 10:50am     Reply  
  • ron jeremy
    @trekki......Some guys use Viagra, some seek the help of therapist, some use herbal supplements and I just happened to find something that works for me and I can say it's been satisfying. I can say that after 3 months, my wifes body have taken some transformation. Her hips is now an awesome 39 from 35 even young guys are looking, her waist is 29 from 34 and her boobs are firmer and she's loving her new sexiness.
    Oct 25 2011 @ 10:41am     Reply  
  • dan
    First off,rnrnAs Trekkie monster would say, what is the internet for if not for porn? rnrnLol.rnrnAnd there is nothing wrong with viewing porn or having internet sex / chat sex.rnrnI believe that having sex with the person you love may be the best thing. But having sex with a person you don't love, well.... it is not so bad either. Lol.rnrnIt is just a phase that every hot blooded male will go through. As for me, I've sworn it off. Last time I've tried internet sex, I acquired a finger infection. Lol.rn
    Oct 25 2011 @ 10:21am     Reply  
  • @ron jeremy
    get a professional help now, before it's too late...
    Oct 25 2011 @ 10:21am     Reply  
  • trekki monster
    So basically, you make love with your wife imagining that she is a different person? Oh my. It's worst than faking an orgasm.
    Oct 25 2011 @ 09:07am     Reply  
  • tnl
    ang tunay na lalaki di na kailangan manood porn! Ang tunay na lalaki GINAGAWA ang PORN!
    Oct 25 2011 @ 09:05am     Reply  
  • ron jeremy
    I guess that study was inconclusive and too generalized. While I agree that initially there is an inability to be turned on by a real partner, I believe because the people involved in the clinical study did not consider that most internet porn girls are really attractive and pretty then turning to their less attractive wives or girlfriends results in an inability to be turned on by their lesser attractive partner. rnrnI experienced the same initial dysfunction but I channeled that positively by imagining my wife as an internet model. What used to be a twice a month rnsex with my wife became 3x a week sometimes 5x and my wife is really excited about the big improvement. LoL !
    Oct 25 2011 @ 08:56am     Reply  
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