The Dangerous Effects of Pornography. Pornography is a visual representation of sexuality which distorts an individual’s concept of the nature of conjugal relations. This, in turn, alters both sexual attitudes and behavior. Although some reports claim it has a positive side, many people involved in pornography always end up on the wrong side of it.
Effects of Pornography
Because porn is so widely available, it is easy for someone to become addicted to erotic material. Subject who consumed high amounts of erotic material were found to have increased brain reactions when presented with pornographic cues in a study reviewing porn’s addictive nature. This reaction has also been observed when people suffering from substance or gambling addictions are exposed to addictive stimuli.
Aside from changes in brain activity, however, excessive porn consumption has been shown to have the following effects, which are all listed below.
Pornography Degrades Marriages:
Pornography users generally view material that shows attractive women performing almost any type of act with any number of men (or animals, for that matter). The the begin to expect their wives to perform acts that are a little more “adventurous” or “experimental” than those they are used to, and they become dissatisfied when their non-using partners fail to live up to their porn-induced fantasies. They may even grow dissatisfied with their wife’s physical flaws. Of course, the wives will be disgusted and repulsed by their husband’s increasingly deviant behavior. The husbands or boyfriends will then frequently turn to prostitutes, who are used to dealing with unusual requests.
Porn can lead to sexual dysfunction:
Common physical issues that porn users have with real-life partners include difficulty getting and maintaining an erection, requiring pornographic images to ejaculate, and even having difficulty to have an orgasm. A man may feel disconnected from his partner during real-life sex and take a long time to reach orgasm. To achieve orgasm, he may need to rely on remembered pornographic images. But when using porn, he can get an erection and have an orgasm
Pornography and “cybersex” are highly addictive and can lead to sexually compulsive behaviors that limit a person’s ability to perform other major life tasks. Over 90% of therapists polled in one study believed that “cybersex” could be addictive
Addiction to pornography lowers self-esteem and impairs one’s ability to live a meaningful social and professional life. According to a survey of pornography addicts, they dislike the “out of control” feeling and the time commitment that their pornography use entailed. As a result of their addiction, all of the sexual compulsives reported feeling distressed and experiencing impairment in an important aspect of their lives. Almost half of the sexual compulsives reported that their behavior had a significant negative impact on their social lives, and a quarter reported that it had a negative impact on their job.
Aggression and Abuse:
Intense viewing of porn videos is strongly associated with sexual aggression, and there is a significant increase in sexual callousness among frequent viewers of pornography, including the “rape myth.” Pornography contains a significant amount of violence.
A study of various pornographic media discovered violence in nearly a quarter of magazine scenes, more than a quarter of video scenes, and nearly half (more than 42 percent) of online pornography. A second study discovered that nonconsensual sex ( Non-consensual sex involves
forced sex, transactional sex, cross-generational sex, unwanted touch, and molestation ) was present in nearly half of the violent Internet scenes.
Consumption of nonviolent pornography also increases men’s self-acknowledged willingness to compel reluctant partners into complying with their specific sexual desires. And, while data on the relative effects of violent versus nonviolent pornography is conflicting, there is little doubt that pornography consumption leads to a significant increase in “rape myth acceptance,” which includes a decrease in sympathy with rape victims and a trivialization of rape as a criminal offense, a decreased concern about child sexual abuse, short of child rape, and an increased willingness to resort to rape.
Ways To Change
While the negative effects on relationships can be difficult to overcome, recovery is possible. It is critical that an individual desire to take the steps toward recovery. Some steps are listed below
Become Aware And Understand How Pornography Causes Problems:
Individuals struggling with addiction need to set aside time to honestly assess the impact of past pornography and potential future outcomes in order to strengthen their resolve to change. An open discussion about the negative effects may be beneficial for partners. While it is a difficult subject to broach, both partners should be allowed to express how pornography usage affects them without interruption or judgment from the other. If the conversation becomes heated, partners can agree to take a break and return to the topic after the anger and frustration have subsided.
Face The Fears Of What Life Would Be Like Without Pornography:
There is usually a reason why people choose to use pornography in the first place, so breaking the habit may be difficult. Identifying and admitting specific fears about quitting pornography is a critical step toward overcoming those fears.
Take Responsibility for Self-Recovery:
While others can offer encouragement and support, only the individual can actually decide if he or she wants to change and is willing to do so. Individuals who want to change can develop an individualized plan with the help of an experienced counselor that will help them be accountable and build on successes that will aid them in long-term change.