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Porn watching lead to addiction and hyper-sexuality

The porn-addicted ex-reality star Josh Duggar
New Delhi: As more Indians surf for online pornography, despite efforts to ban it, experts caution that excessive exposure to explicit sex on the net may result in some of them turning into porn addicts and hypersexuals.

"Obsessive porn viewing can turn some into hyper-sexuals and addicts. This may later lead to porn dependence or even promiscuity, leading to relationship break-ups," says Dr Manish Jain, senior consultant (psychiatrist) at BLK Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi.
In India, porn watching on internet, particularly among women, is on the rise. They are slowly bridging the gap with their male counterparts who have traditionally been leading consumers of sex online. Today Indian women are 30 percent of the regular visitors to porn websites, says a study undertaken by New York-based news website, The Daily Beast in collaboration with popular sex website Pornhub.
The figure has risen from last year, when 26 percent of Indian visitors were women. The data was collated from nearly 40 million Pornhub users.
According to Dr Sameer Malhotra, director (mental health and behavioural sciences) at Max Super Speciality Hospital, too much explicit porn can be associated with a need for stronger visual signals for arousal.
"It can make the act feel too mechanical. It can also cause stress in a relationship along with various other problems in one's romantic and personal life," he told IANS.
Sexual behaviour and libido, however, vary from person to person.
"There is evidence to suggest that watching pornography does result in a greater objectification of both men and women," stresses Dr Samir Parikh, director of mental health and behavioural sciences at Fortis Hospital in New Delhi.
Can excessive porn affect the libido in women?
"Results can vary as in some cases, it can increase libido leading to promiscuity and excessive masturbation. In others, however, it may lead to decreased sexual activity in which gratification is attained only by watching pornography," explains Dr Jain.
Despite several studies claiming that porn is bad for your brain and your relationships, there are other studies saying that porn does not cause irrecoverable harm to the brain or your sex life and, in fact, it might even be kind of good for you.
Another recent study by Pornhub for Mic.com - a New York-based website focussed on news for millennials - revealed that while the core audience for porn is predominantly male, there has been a surge in women porn viewers among the millennial generation (those born after 1980) globally.
"Perhaps if this trend continues, we will get to a place where porn is produced with both male and female fantasies in mind," the Mic study said.
According to the data, 60 percent of porn-watching millennials watch it on their smartphones while only 33 percent watch porn on computers.
Dr Parikh, however, tends to differ. "There is nothing to say that pornography is healthy. At the same time, depending on the nature of pornographic viewing, and that too infrequently, may not be of concern but either ways would not be a healthy thing to do," he said.
"It can also stimulate one's fantasy and predispose one towards risky sex behaviour," notes Dr Malhotra.
At times, multiple clippings are used and clubbed to showcase a prolonged intercourse in the porn movie. "This could generate myths and anxieties with respect to one's own performance capabilities," he warns.

The ex-reality star checked himself into a long-term treatment center, according to his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
Their announcement Wednesday on the family’s website did not specify the nature or duration of treatment, nor did it identify the facility. But the statement spoke of “a long journey toward wholeness and recovery.”
“We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change,” his parents said, adding they are “deeply grieved” by his actions, which have “brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear.”
The couple also said Josh’s wife, Anna, with whom he has four children, is receiving “counsel and help for her own heart and future.”
Last week, the 27-year-old Duggar made an online apology, calling himself “the biggest hypocrite ever” following reports that he had been a subscriber to the cheating website AshleyMadison.com, whose millions of customer records were recently hacked and made public.
His admission came weeks after he acknowledged in May having molested five underage girls as a teenager, including two of his sisters.
Those revelations led to the cancellation of “19 Kids and Counting,” the hit TLC reality show on which he appeared with his 18 siblings and his parents in a portrait of wholesome, religious family life. The series ran from 2008 through its 10th-season conclusion in May.
In May, Duggar also resigned from the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group, where he had worked as a lobbyist.

Josh Duggar enters rehab for pornography addiction Associated Press August 27, 2015

Pop star Demi Lovato is challenging those who think her cover shoot for Cosmopolitan is too racy for newsstands, reports Entertainment Tonight and a host of others.

According to the story, “The National Center on Sexual Exploitation launched a ‘Cosmo Harms Minors’ campaign asking for supermarkets to have a protective overlay on the women’s magazine so as not to show their risque covers. . . . 

This past week, Rite Aid and Food Lion obliged this request and started shielding the magazines.” Lovato fired back on Instagram, 

“What these individuals who are protesting don’t understand is that for the first time in a long time I feel incredibly EMPOWERED and the MOST BEAUTIFUL I’ve ever felt on this magazine. . . . 

It’s so liberating to be able to show the world how confident a woman can be once she learns to love herself.”

Entertainment Tonight, like most other sources, gave Ms. Lovato plenty of space for her “self-love” and only a paragraph or two to detailing the concerns of those worried about pesky matters like sexual exploitation

But given research on pornography’s effect on the brain, perhaps it is time for the media to take such charges more seriously.

(Source: Jackie Willis, “Demi Lovato Defends Her ‘Cosmo’ Cover Against Protests,” August 6, 2015.)

The New Research: Porn Like Taking Drugs

It is time to start thinking about addiction to pornography—a destroyer of marriages—the same way we think about addiction to illegal drugs. So argue two neurosurgeons from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

In surveying “the medical implications of pornography” in light of “current evidence supporting an addictive model,” the two Texas scholars report that, like other addicts, those addicted to pornography suffer from “various manifestations of cerebral dysfunction collectively labeled hypofrontal syndromes.

In these syndromes, the underlying defect, reduced to its simplest description, is damage to the ‘braking system’ of the brain.” Thus, like other addicts, pornography addicts suffer “a dysfunction of the mesolimbic reward centers of the brain.” 

More particularly, these addicts experience “reduced cellular activity in the orbitofrontal cortex, a brain area . . . [relied upon] . . . to make strategic, rather than impulsive, decisions.” The pornography addict may, in fact, manifest “decreased interest in pursuing goal-directed activities central to survival.”

Nor is it just a matter of medical science when pornography disrupts normal brain functions

The two scholars adduce evidence indicating that pornography use affects “sexual behavior in adolescents” and “does indeed cause harm in humans with regard to pair-bonding.” 

What is more, researchers have uncovered evidence that pornography may prime users for “actual sexual relations with children” and may foster “violent attitudes toward women.”

Unfortunately, pornography use is now very widespread. 

Surveys indicate that “87% of college age men view pornography, 50% weekly and 20% daily or every other day, with 31% of women viewing as well.” 

No wonder total revenue for the pornography industry was $97 billion in 2006, exceeding the combined revenue for Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Apple, and Netflix for that year.

The Texas scholars consider it deeply unfortunate that “the sex industry has successfully characterized any objection to pornography as being from the religious/moral perspective” and has consequently been able to “dismiss these objections as First Amendment infringements.”

In truth, the researchers argue, an objective review of available neurological science should compel us “to begin serious discussions of sexual addiction and its components such as pornography.”

Given the stakes, those discussions cannot begin too soon.

(Source: Bryce J. Christensen and Robert W. Patterson, “New Research,” The Family in America, Spring 2011, Vol. 26 Number 1. Study: Donald L. Hilton Jr. and Clark Watts, “Pornography Addiction: A Neuroscience Perspective,” Surgical Neurology International 2.1 [February 21, 2011]: 19.)

This article has been republished with permission from The Family in America, a publication of The Howard Center. The Howard Center is a MercatorNet partner site. - See more at: http://www.mercatornet.com/family_edge/view/more-screening-or-more-married-parents/16629#sthash.6AwX5ZTt.dpuf


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