Although pornography has been around for a very long time, its use has spread with technological advances and the democratisation of the internet. This is a harmful habit in many ways – even neurologically, according to scientists.
An article by neuroscience PhD student Rachel Anne Barr from Université Laval, Belgium, published on “The Conversation” website, explains that the catastrophic mental health effects suffered by those who consume pornographic content may include erectile dysfunction and that this kind of content “appears to be hijacking our neural wiring.”
“The properties of video porn make it a particularly powerful trigger for plasticity, the brain’s ability to change and adapt as a result of experience. Combined with the accessibility and anonymity of online porn consumption, we are more vulnerable than ever to its hyper-stimulating effects”, explains Rachel.
She adds: “Instead of turning to a romantic partner for sexual gratification or fulfilment, habituated porn users instinctively reach for their phones and laptops when the desire comes calling.” That is, in addition to causing sexual dysfunctions, pornography also causes marital problems in the long run.
Severe marital problems
Renato Cardoso, author of the books “Bulletproof Dating” & “Bulletproof Marriage”, warns: “Many people believe that pornography helps to spice up a relationship and see it as something harmless, but the truth is that it cannot be accepted in a relationship under any circumstances. Otherwise, that relationship will be doomed to failure.”
To overcome pornography addiction, one needs to be committed and determined. Renato concludes: “If you want to stop but feel like giving just ‘one last look’, that desire will be stronger than your wish to stop. If you feed that habit, it will defeat you.”
If you are battling a habit that you can’t seem to get away from, come and join our Sunday Services meetings at 11am, every Sunday at our Universal Church in Finland.