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Scientists reveal: Porn destroys brain, leads to drug abuse and poor choices

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In breaking news, for the first time several researchers have found possibilities of the physical harm due to watching pornography regularly. One more viewpoint in this regard is also expressed by some people who watch pornography regularly are born with a specific mind type.

A number of researches have been carried over all over the world to prove this fact that watching porn shrinks the brain of the watcher. German scientist have conducted research on more than 60 males ranging from 21 to 45 years of age who watch pornography for four hours per week on an average. Researchers MRI scanned their brains by showing them non-sexual images and explicitly sexual images side-by-side. The result of this research was published in the JAMA Psychiatry days ago and starting to be picked up by media outlets worldwide within the past few hours.

As per the reports published by these researchers in the journal, after watching excessive pornography, they found smaller volume of gray matter in the right caudate of the striatum. The striatum is the part of the brain that is linked with the affects of motivation and reward processing. Lesser activities are normally observed in the other area of striatum also known as the left putamen among the men which usually gets activated in response to watching the sexual images.

A weaker connection between an area of the brain linked with decision-making capability, the prefrontal cortex, and the striatum is also observed among the excessive watchers of pornography. Researchers further inscribed in their report that this circuitry dysfunction also relates the person with improper and poor behavioral choices like drug abuse, irrespective of the amount of negative effect of watching pornography excessively on their brain. But that does not mean that watching porn necessarily shrinks the brain of all the watchers, according to the researchers.

According to Dr. Simone Kuhn, the study author of the Berlin’s Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the reason of shrinkage of brain due to watching excessive porn is not clear. There can be two conditions for watching porn and its effect on watchers’ brain, one is that their brain changes due to excessive watching of porn and the other is that they have born with a state of mind to watch more porn.

According to Kuhn and her associates, the affect of excessive watching of pornography on the brain of watchers with the passage of time can be expected to be revealed in through studies in future. Till then one will have to rely upon the observation recorded regarding the effect of excessive watching of porn on the brain of watchers and their inclination toward poor choices and drug abuse.

A psychiatry professor at Columbia University, Dr. Gregory Tau, had commented to Reuters in this regard that excessive use of everything is bad but it may not be horrible if used moderately.

The serious increase epidemic of watching pornography in America has compelled activists to warn that the people whose brains have been affected due to regular watching of pornography should be treated like the people addicted to drunk driving and tobacco smoking.

The executive director of Morality in Media, Dawn Hawkins, commented in this regard that porn affected people should dealt in the same manner as the people suffering from major health problems are treated. In a two-day conference on sexual exploitation she further told that pornography addiction can psychologically destroy the users if not treated well in time. Later on at the National Press Club in Washington she added that the harmful effects of pornography on users’ health is being scientifically proved by a number of researchers.

One can easily observe facts about the excessive viewing of pornography through the fact that one third of the total downloads include porn material, sites of Amazon, Twitter and Netflix collectively do not get as many visitors in a month as the porn websites receive and more than 4 million porn websites are hosted on internet at present.

Thus watching porn has direct effect on watchers brain which leads them for drug abuse and poor choices.

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