Here's the worrying effect that internet porn is having on men all over the world

Here's the worrying effect that internet porn is having on men all over the world

Let's be honest: Everyone looks at online porn. (Just hopefully not at work or on your phone while you're driving.) We all have needs, and sometimes your imagination just won't cut it. In the past, people had to buy dirty magazines, but now, thanks to the Internet, there's an infinite supply of free pornography just a few clicks away. (Just remember to clear your search history.)

It seems like today we're living in a smut utopia. ("Smut Utopia," by the way, is the title of my favorite porn.) However, scientists have discovered an unfortunate side effect (and no, it's not a sore wrist.) According to new research, excessive pornography viewing hurts men's libidos, and puts them at risk of suffering sexual dysfunction. ("Suffering Sexual Dysfunction," by the way, is the title of my least favorite porn.)

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Researchers discussed this topic during a panel at the 112th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association. (And I think reading that boring name just decreased my libido.) They highlighted results from a survey, in which they studied 312 male participants between ages 20 and 40, and found men’s obsession with porn can be damaging to their psychosexual health.

Obviously, the scenarios in pornography videos don't reflect real life, and can set up unrealistic expectations. (Especially if you order a pizza). One of the researchers, Dr Matthew Christman, a urologist reported that the more time men spend on free porn sites, the less likely they are able to connect with a real-life partner in the bedroom. Intimacy becomes more challenging - I mean, have you ever heard "I love you" in a porno? As a result, the romantic relationship can be severely damaged.

 

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So, that's pretty ironic news, isn't it? You'd think that watching porn would count as 'practice' to improve your skills, but actually it could totally ruin your relationship. But if your romantic partner does leave you, have no fear. You can always get a love doll - or sex doll - as a replacement.

In Jon Ronson's podcast, The Butterly Effect, he interviewed Brent, the president of the sex doll company 1amUSA. Brent said, "Part of the success for our company has been the overuse of pornography." If you venture over to their website, you'll see that the doll's blank faces look kind of creepy, but other than that, their full-size bodies look pretty realistic. And reportedly, they feel just like the real thing. As men fail to find pleasure in pornography, they're turning to sex dolls. (And as an added benefit, you can put one in your car so you can use the carpool lane.)

Well, I hope these results didn't ruin pornography for you forever. I think the key word is "excessive." Like most vices, you should be fine if you do it in moderation. ("Do It In Moderation," by the way, is the title of a porn I have mixed feelings about.)

In related news, psychologists have created a 5 minute test to see if you're addicted to porn...