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When people hear that watching porn can be harmful to them for the first time, many scoff. Oftentimes they make comments about no one getting cancer from or going homeless over porn.

To an extent, these skeptics are right: Pornographic won’t yellow your teeth or cause liver failure. It certainly won’t cause the direct death of anyone.

So then what exactly does it do that’s so bad? How is it such a harmful thing for us?

Can Watching Porn Really Impact Your Health2Several hundreds of studies have given us science-backed evidence that porn seriously effects not only our relationships, but our brains.

And we don’t just mean romantic relationships, either. We mean that it will affect all types of relationships. Pornography will affect your relationships with your family, friends, classmates and even co-workers.

This is because when someone has an addiction, they have addictive behaviors. These addictive behaviors cause them to act out in every aspect of their lives.

When the US Congress asked Dr. Jill Manning (a therapist who has helped many porn addicts) a few questions about the impact of porn addiction, they couldn’t have expected the answers she would find.

For starters, people who watched porn for regularly and for a long time ended up feeling empty inside and depressed. Though this may seem dramatic, science backs it up. When your brain realizes it can get cheap, artificial stimulation for pleasure, it stops producing endorphines when you do daily activities that you used to find enjoyable.

Basically, you become desensitized and numb.

Next, we must dispell the myth that watching pornographic videos somehow makes you a better lover, improves your sexuality, or makes romance with your partner even more exciting.

Between countless studies and personal accounts, we now know that porn creates less intimacy between partners, less romantic excitement, and less satisfaction from real life sexual situations. To top it off, it also feeds into your cravings for more and more pornography.

Can Watching Porn Really Impact Your Health5Porn is almost like an “evil” Pringles – once you pop you just can’t stop.

Studies done at Dartmouth has shown that even just simple things such as movies, books, and songs that depict “racy scenes” can lead to “earlier sex with more casual parnters and unsafe sex.” If a simple risque song can have this sort of an impact, what sort of an impact can pornography have?

Porn breeds an unhealthy and unrealistic expectation about sex, a deemphasis on love, and an unnatural emphasis on unrealistic beauty standards – for both men and women.

Being addicted to porn is like being addicted to anything else. Maybe they don’t share the same side effects, but they do share the same behaviors.

An astounding 70% of porn is watched during the hours of 9AM and 5 PM – when most teens and adults are either at work or school. It’s not hard to realize that people are calling in or playing hooky to watch these sorts of videos.

Even worse and more damning is that the FBI has released its own set of statistics. An unbelieavble 80% of sexual perpetrators of violent sex crimes had pornography at their home.

porn addiction1While watching porn doesn’t make you a pervert, a devient, or a sex offender, it can lead you to those paths if you let it get a strong grip on you.

But don’t feel discouraged. There are many people who turn their backs on porn and learn to cultivate their own appreciate and comfort with real human bodies. Those who choose to abandon porn for love and happiness also tend to be more likely to have healthy, happy relationships.

Remember, with love anything is possible. It conqueres all!