Porn Addicts Say Pornography Can Kill Real Sex

Time magazine recently told a paradoxical tale: Some young men who have been in the habit of viewing pornography since their early teens claim they’re unable to have sex with real women.

The politically correct narrative is that you can’t get too much sex and pornography stimulates your interest. That may be true for some people, but for the men in this article, porn is a sex killer they were unable to get aroused by naked women they liked and they experienced erectile dysfunction.

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“Porn and the Threat to Virility” cover story.

“A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents,” writes author Belinda Luscombe in the April 11, 2016, article.

“These young men fell like unwitting guinea pigs in a largely unmonitored decade-long experiment in sexual conditioning. The results of the experiment, they claim are literally a downer.”

The article cites research indicating that while the use of pornography has skyrocketed since the early 2000s, the number of men under 40 reporting erectile dysfunction has increased. Whatever the causes, what was more an older man’s problem has moved down the age scale.

Philip Zimbardo, a professor emeritus of psychology at Stanford University, told Time that pornography has addictive potential, becoming more and more a consuming interest. “And then the problem is, the reward centers of your brain lose the capacity for arousal.”

Porn users, like consumers of drugs, have to seek stronger dose” in this case, more novelty, more variety, to get the same high.

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Not everyone agrees, of course. Mike Stabile, communications director for the Free Speech Coalition, the adult-entertainment trade association, said, “There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of reputable science” about the issue.

But the men who say they have experienced this sexual difficulty can’t be convinced there isn’t a problem. They aren’t anti-sex and come from a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs from atheists to devout men whose faith condemns pornography and sex outside of marriage (“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”Matthew 5:27-28).

Alexander Rhodes, a former porn user and founder of NoFap.com (“fap” is slang for masturbation), that works with men facing this issue, said, “Quitting porn is one of the most sex-positive things people can do.”

That means cutting out pornography and the self-stimulation it involves. For some men, the reward may to be more sexually active with women, but for others, to regain a real sex life with their wives.

When I saw this article, I said to myself, “This is common sense.” Continual habituation to a parade of anonymous naked bodies with a wide range of poses and a multitude of sex acts, usually coupled with frequent masturbation, cannot help but have a deadening effect. Sex there is essentially a solitary, detached event.

Little wonder that a young man’s body does a “ho-hum” when confronted real women.

Following my distillation, readers might want to peruse the lengthy but informative cover story, “Porn and the Threat to Virility,” at the newsstand, library or online.

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