Does Pornography Affect Your Life?

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Does pornography affect your life? It might if you are part of the “28,258 people surfing porn” (Tech Crunch) that happens every one second. According to Gaddis (2009), Pornography has existed for a long period of time although it has not been a serious problem that causes major issues until now in the 21 century. The pornography business has become a multibillion dollar industry. Access to pornography has become so easy to access that you do not have to even drive to your local shop for a playboy magazine to masturbate to. All it takes is the “on” switch on your computer and you have access to naked women on your screen within seconds, thanks to the internet. Many would say that porn is not a bad thing but very healthy because it allows physical release and sexual arousal without the risk of sexual diseases or unwanted pregnancy. Except, it is no longer healthy when it starts taking over your life, affecting your relationships, values, social skills, and sex life because you start to lose realization of reality. Pornography is out to get you every time you go on the internet. The industries main targets are male teenagers and young college students who are easy target to lure into the world of porn at young age. Their target age is a very smart strategy because it builds consumers at a young age that may eventually become long term addicts and consumers. Male internet users see advertisements with provocative pictures about meeting “sexy singles” and dating sites all the time when entering sites. That why male users see these ads as harmless so they click on the links out of curiosity. Pornography is harmful to men because it leads to addiction and objectification, damages relationships and emotions, increases sexual violence, causes sexual problems, and might also leads to pedophilia.

First, pornography use can become a serious addiction that can compare to drug users such as cocaine and meth, according to Hilton and Watts (2011). The reason for this correlation is because all additions cause chemical imbalances in the brain and result in cerebral dysfunction. Which results in damage in the brains “brake system” that allows an individual to have control. That is why smokers, drug users, and porn addicts find it out of their control to quit. Porn viewing can lead to addiction if the brains reward and pleasure pathways are hacked. If this happens, porn viewing becomes inherited through neurotransmitter which then turns porn into a natural essential necessity for a person to function. This happens because of the positive and rewarding emotional effects the natural addiction has on the body. Porn addiction is a very important issue that is spreading worldwide. In fact world pornography revenues in 2006 were about 97 billion dollars which is more money than top companies such as “Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Apple, and Netflix” if all combined together. Clinical neuroscience specialists are still looking for more information and knowledge on how to treat and manage porn’s addictive natures. Second, viewing porn has a negative impact in men’s relationship with their partner. According to Strand (2010), men who view porn on a regular basis rate their current relationship partner to be less attractive to them and they feel their partner does not satisfy them enough compared to men who do not consume porn regularly. Strand also mentioned about psychologist Dr. Layden from University of Pennsylvania reports from her studies that the porn addicts she has studied said they prefer going online for sexual release instead of having sex with an actual partner who is waiting for them in their bed. Also porn damages a relationship because it decreases the amount of emotional intimacy between the two partners. When women find out about their men constant porn use it brings them feelings of being betrayed and causing trust issues. Since porn consumers are statistically more likely to cheat on a partner through prostitutes....
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