Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
Time Magazine reports that pornography is everywhere. With the advent of the Internet, we now have unlimited access to any form of sexually explicit material we desire, 24 hours a day. Pornhub, a popular explicit-video-sharing site, reported in 2015 having 2.4 million visitors per hour alone. In 2016, Pornhub reported that users watched 92 billion videos in 23 billion total site visits where 4.6 billion hours of porn were consumed.
"To break it down really quickly, in order to deliver that volume of free porn, our servers streamed 99 Gigabytes of data every second. To help put this into perspective, try to picture the size of a 16GB USB stick. Now imagine 194 million USB sticks, spanning 11,000km (6800 miles) from end to end; or around the entire circumference of the moon," states Pornhub's report.
This is a feat we should be proud of, right? Well, maybe not just yet…
While the insane variety and amount of porn increases, so do the rates of erectile dysfunction (ED) in the male population. According the U.S. National Institutes of Health, 5% of men at the age of 40 experienced erectile dysfunction in 1992. However, in a study by the Journal of Sexual Medicine, 26% of adult men just under 40 experienced erectile dysfunction in 2013, a substantial increase from the 1992 report.
Is porn the culprit for this increase in ED?
Porn-induced erectile dysfunction, or PIED, is becoming more and more of a real possibility for habitual porn users. Because pornography lights up the brain with dopamine, a central component in the brain’s reward system, one can find that their brain quickly associates a pleasurable time with sexually explicit material.
Pornography offers quick gratification in large quantities for every possible fetish imaginable. This results in sustained high levels of brain activation during its use. Gary Wilson, author of Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction, argues, “The result in some Internet porn users is higher brain activation to internet porn, and less arousal to sex with a real person”. This statement is backed by the many who report problems with PIED.
Gabe Deem, a male plagued with PIED states, "I got with a gorgeous girl and we went to have sex and my body had no response at all." Many others also claim this disconnect between the levels of attraction they feel towards a partner and their subsequent bodily responses.
Is there a solution?
Many, including Deem, have stopped viewing porn altogether. "The reason I quit watching porn is to have more sex," says Deem. This task may be daunting to some and several forums and websites such as NoFap have surfaced in hopes to offer support to those experiencing PIED.
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