Porn addiction could give you erectile dysfunction


One of the world’s largest adult sites, Pornhub, an explicit-video-sharing site, says that it gets 2.4 million visitors per hour and that in 2015 alone, people around the globe watched 4,392,486,580 hours of its content, which is more than twice as long as Homo Sapiens have spent on earth.

The effect of this exposure to explicit content has been liked to erectile dysfunction among many young men who are complaining that they fail to have an erection when its time to actually have sex.

According to a Time Magazine article, “men who are addicted to pornography could face the danger of erectile dysfunction because the excessive exposure to explicit content has an effect on the individual.” Citing experts, the magazine concludes that men who are exposed to explicit content could loose feeling, or fail to be excited when they are face to face with real women who are often not as sophisticated as porn stars.

The magazine cites the experiences of young men who have been exposed to porn for decades and the impact it has had on them in adulthood. It states that almost 40% of British boys ages 14 to 17 said they regularly watch, according to a February 2015 study by the University of Bristol. Chyng Sun, an associate professor of media studies at New York University, says nearly half of the 487 men she surveyed in one study had been exposed to porn before they’d turned 13.

There is evidence that there is a correlation between erectile dysfunction and addiction to porn. This comes as cases of erectile dysfunction especially in the developed world are increasing.

In 1992 there was a report that suggested that about 5% of men experienced erectile dysfunction at age 40, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Also, a study in the July 2013 Journal of Sexual Medicine found that 26% of adult men seeking help for erectile dysfunction were under 40. In a 2014 study of 367 U.S. military personnel younger than 40, a third reported Erectile Dysfunction. And a 2012 Swiss study found the condition among a third of even younger men: 18 to 25.

If the causes of the spike in erectile dysfunction are up for debate, the unprecedented access to porn via streaming video in the past decade is not. The advent of video sites that, like YouTube (which launched in 2005), allow users to upload, aggregate and organize videos has transformed the way people encounter porn.

There’s a staggeringly diverse array of free explicit content that’s constantly expanding because anyone, from amateurs to professionals, can put a video online. One independent web-tracking company clocked 58 million monthly U.S. visitors to adult sites in February 2006. Ten years later the number was 107 million.

Porn is so ubiquitous, it has spun off memes, including Rule 34, which says, “If it exists, there is porn of it.” (Leprechauns? Check. Pterodactyls? Check. Pandas? Check.) The Internet is like a 24-hour all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant that serves every type of sex snack.

 

 

 

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