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mercoledì 17 agosto 2016

Porn addiction is causing a rise in erectile dysfunction

Males in their late teens and early 20s are being 'de-sensitised' by graphic videos, leaving them unable to get aroused in the bedroom


An increasing number of young men are seeking treatment for erectile dysfunction normally associated with the middle-aged - because of their addiction to online porn.
Frequent exposure to graphic images and films is de-sensitising men in their late teens and early 20s, leaving them unable to get aroused in the bedroom, experts claim.
The problem is being exacerbated by the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, which are making pornography immediately accessible.
Angela Gregory, a psychosexual therapist, says she has seen a surge in young men attending her clinic at Nottingham University Hospital .
"What I've seen over the last 16 years, particularly the last five years, is an increase in the amount of younger men being referred," she said.
"Our experience is that historically men that were referred to our clinic with problems with erectile dysfunction were older men whose issues were related to diabetes, MS, cardio vascular disease.
"These younger men do not have organic disease, they've already been tested by their GP and everything is fine.
"So one of the first assessment questions I'd always ask now is about pornography and masturbatory habit because that can be the cause of their issues about maintaining an erection with a partner."
The issue was exposed by a new documentary by the BBC's Newsbeat called 'Brought up on Porn'.
Researchers spoke to a young man named only as 'Nick' who first started watching porn on a laptop aged 15.
He found that, despite wanting to have sex with 'real world' partners, he was unable to because he was "wired to porn".
"At my peak I was probably watching up to two hours of porn every day," he said.
"What I was watching, it definitely got more extreme over a short period of time in my case.
"There was nothing that would give me a kick. Normal stuff didn't do anything any more, so I had to get more and more extreme material.
"[It was] disturbing stuff that disturbed me that, in normal life, I wouldn't dream of doing.
"It wasn't long before Nick's own sexual health began to suffer.
"I found that when I was lying next to a girl a lot that I just wouldn't be horny at all, despite being really attracted to the girl and wanting to have sex with her, [because] my sexuality was completely wired towards porn."
Nick sought help from a doctor and eventually cured himself by going 100 days without watching porn.
He said: "My libido came back with a vengeance and I met this girl and it was great.
"For the first time in ages I was able to flirt and within quite a short time I was able to have normal sex. I was feeling so balanced and happy."
According to a 2014 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, one out of every four new erectile dysfunction patients was under 40.
A new US study in the Behavioural Sciences Journal claims that online porn mirrors drug-like addiction qualities, leading to lowered sexual "enjoyment" and diminished limbo.
The report adds: "The potential health risks of internet pornography are not as well understood as those for alcohol and tobacco use, and (it) is widely portrayed as both ordinary behaviour and socially acceptable."

Online porn addiction is causing a rise in erectile dysfunction in young men 15 AUG 2016 

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The conversation surrounding porn addiction and its impact on women's sex lives usually goes something like this: "Poor women, their boyfriends are thinking about porn and not them during sex!". It's always about how porn affects men's sexual behaviour, how it ruins women's lives via their male partners, and how women must be protected.
Not only is this an overwhelmingly heteronormative narrative, it ignores the harmful psychological effects on the many women who struggle to get their rocks off without porn, or, ahem, other "erotic material", too.

Women become addicted to the dopamine rush associated with porn in the same way as men. They feel the shame and the isolation that addiction inevitably brings. The same loss of interest in sex that doesn't live up to the extreme material they're watching. And the same breakdown of their romantic relationships while their minds are elsewhere.

It's hard to quantify the scale of porn addiction among either sex and there are no official figures, but even by talking to people off the record, the scale of the damage is palpable.

One 28-year-old woman, who didn't want to be named, said her use of porn and other "erotic material" has a "100% negative" on her relationship with her boyfriend. "The best way to describe my relationship with porn is 'like a teenage boy', because that is the only description available to me," she told Refinery29.

"I watch porn most evenings before bed unless I’m with my boyfriend, or exceptionally tired and it does 100% impact my sex life negatively – for a hundred different reasons – including not being able to orgasm during sex. However, as a woman, I have no idea who to talk to about this.”

There are no clichés available to her to describe her relationship with porn, which is not only a clear example of sexism, it also makes it harder to talk about her problems, exacerbating the shame she feels.

"There are a million articles talking about what porn for women should look like, and how great it can be when it is designed by women. But nothing about the equally damaging effects it can have on a woman's sexual wellbeing."



Lisa Etherson, a psychosexual therapist, told Refinery29 that women are likely to feel an ever greater sense of shame about their porn addiction than men because of society's sexual double standard, meaning they are unlikely to come forward and seek help.

"Within our culture, we still tend to view male and female sexuality differently – man has lots of partners, he’s a hero, woman has lots of partners, she’s a slut – so if we include an addiction in the mix, the shame can increase dramatically," she said.

Porn addiction can have other devastating consequences, too. "Women who are addicted to porn may be putting themselves at risk financially if they are paying for certain sites, or if their porn use is escalating to meeting strangers for sex. It is also possible that the type of porn they are watching is becoming more extreme, as the addiction escalates."

Regardless of your sex, porn addiction can make both partners feel isolated and feel a sense of shame, Etherson said.

If you think you might be addicted to porn, or suffer any kind of sex addiction, seek help from a therapist who is experienced in working with sex addiction, Etherson advises. And if your sex life is suffering because of porn, it may also be worth seeing a sex therapist.

Garland man who told officials he was addicted to child porn sentenced to 30 years Sarah Philips 16 August 2016


The mainstream has become increasingly outspoken about the increasingly violent and ubiquitous 97 billion dollar Pornography industry which makes more than the top tech companies combined with 3 billion made annually on child porn. Time Magazine’s recent cover story “Porn and the Threat to Virility” examines how men who watched porn as children and teenagers have started a movement against porn. But ironically within the feminist community there are some feminists who defend pornography and attack the voices of radical anti porn activists

Today, we will hear a talk by anti-porn activist and scholar Gail Dines, professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College, and author of “Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality.” In a talk titled “From the Personal Is Political to the Personal is Personal: Neo-Liberalism and the Defanging of Feminism.” Gail Dines, explores how mainstream feminism has lost its way by fighting for the individual rights of a small group of elite white women instead of the collective liberation of all women

Dines argues that some third wave feminism offers a pseudo-empowerment to women who conform to the narrow standards of femininity set by porn culture. She calls for a feminism that is unapologetically fierce in its commitment to radical social change.
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