Pornography has been a hot topic of discussion recently, and for good reason.
Many people have become addicted to pornography, and it can have a negative impact on their real-world romantic and sexual interactions.
But why is this the case?
It all has to do with dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in reward and pleasure.
When we engage in activities that release a lot of dopamine, such as viewing pornography, it becomes harder to achieve the same level of dopamine release through subsequent interactions.
This is because our previous level of dopamine influences our current and future levels of dopamine.
It’s important to note that this isn’t meant to pass judgment on whether or not people should like or dislike pornography. That’s an ethical and moral discussion that should be decided by each individual based on their age and other factors.
However, it’s important to be aware of the underlying neurobiological mechanisms at play and how they can affect our behavior and relationships.
“Now that you understand how your previous level of dopamine relates to your current level of dopamine and how your current level of dopamine will influence your future level of dopamine, it should become obvious why things like pornography, not just the accessibility of pornography, but the intensity of pornography can negatively shape real world romantic and sexual interactions.
This is a serious concern. The discussion is happening now. The underlying neurobiological mechanisms, you now understand. And this isn’t to pass judgment on whether or not people like or don’t like pornography. That’s an ethical discussion. It’s a moral discussion that has to be decided for each individual by virtue of age, et cetera.
But again, any activity that evokes a lot of dopamine release will make it harder to achieve the same level and certainly the greater level of dopamine through a subsequent interaction. So yes, indeed, many people are addicted to pornography. And yes, indeed, many people who regularly indulge in pornography experience challenges in real world romantic interactions. You now understand the mechanisms behind what I’m telling you. ”
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