Your Brain Is Not Prepared For Porn, Historically

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Your Brain On Porn is a detailed account of how people get addicted to internet porn and how this happens because, historically, our brains have never come into contact with something like this ever before.

It says that our brains were programed to make us indulge in the things that would keep us and our species going, such as sugars, fats, and sex. In modern days people are always able to obtain fats and sugars which is part of the problem as to why America is in general obese. Same goes with internet porn. Our programmed brains want us to have sex with as many people as possible, especially men. When we have sex our brains release dopamine which we experience as pleasure. When we have sex with the same person in the same way, the levels of dopamine that are released are decreased. When a new mate is found a surge of dopamine is again released. With internet porn one can "have sex" with as many people as they feasibly want.

The problem with this, along with them becoming shut-ins and perhaps some raw body parts, is they can become addicted. When these surges in dopamine are released, the person feels pleasure. The brain adjusts to this by decreasing the amount of dopamine it releases, along with the receptors that it possesses. This leads to the person needing more and more in order to feel the same pleasure.

They conclude that although porn has not been studied as much as other addictive substances, such as drugs or fatty foods, it is still just as dangerous when it comes to addictions as the others.

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Hi, I noticed that the link in your article is broken. Interesting nonetheless :)

The correct link is http://yourbrainonporn.com/doing-what-you-evolved-to-do

Which opens up a fascinating question: how DOES one tell the difference between science and, and pseudo-science online? The site given above shows alarming signs of being psueodo-scientific. (The first clue is that "porn addictions" are a notorious chestnut of the christian right; but there are other subtle and not-so-subtle clues throughout).

It is true, that there's no ransom-note typography; and the explanations all sound so very reasonable. On the other, the site is run by a nurse and lawyer. The pseudo-graph is another big alert. Do you think somebody performed that experiment? (measured brain dopamine levels after monogamous and non-monogamous sex). I don't think so. That and many other clues.

I can' say for sure; but my vote is tha the target is site is pseudo-science, not real science.

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