Is Watching Porn Good or Bad For You


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Just as there are many studies which say that porn is bad for your brain, there are as many studies claiming the opposite - that porn doesn’t damage or harm your brain in any way. That, in fact, it might even do good for you. A survey by two Danish researchers in 2008 concluded that watching porn didn’t affect physical or mental health in a negative way. The two researchers, in fact, found a positive relationship between the porn viewing of the subjects and improved sexual gratification.

What porn does is that it inundates your body with the hormone Oxytocin, which is also referred to as the ‘love hormone’ for the role it plays in social bonding. This is what makes you come back to porn. You like the flood of happiness and euphoria that this hormone gives you, so you watch something that aids in the release of it. Now that we know what porn does to our brain, let's have a look at both sides.


Pros

1. Porn provides a sexual release when you don’t have the option of finding someone to satiate your needs. Because something is always better than nothing. Regardless of gender, sexual release is something that everyone craves in general and many times, we have desires but not the medium of satisfying there. Research has also shown that having a healthy masturbation routine makes you a better partner in bed.

2. If you are going through a phase where nothing seems to arouse you, watching porn can help. Since sex is quite crucial in a relationship and watching porn releases beneficial endorphins, porn can do wonders in strengthening your bond with your partner.

3. Watching a porno is an affordable sexual experience. You aren’t spending much money, except for your internet bill. A strip club or a dance bar will easily blow a hole in your pocket.

4. No diseases are also spread cuz the audience is physically distant from the performer. Lets not even get into how random sexual encounters lead to so many infections.

5.  Watching porn with your partner can open both your minds to new possibilities. A survey found that women who watched porn with their partner became more confident about asking what they wanted.

6. It helps us realize what we like and don’t like. This way, porn could be as important as sex education when it comes to educating people about what they prefer and with whom they prefer. It doesn’t just enrich your partner pleasing skills but also provides you with skills on how to please yourself better. Self-love is the best kind of love, am I right?

7. Women especially can benefit from porn. Whether it's learning a variety of sex moves or exploring your own body or the confidence to be more vocal in the bedroom, watching a healthy dose of porn goes a long way in making yourself comfortable.

8. A decrease in aggressive tendencies is also marked in those who watch pornography. If porn reduces stress, it should also have a relation to reducing violent sexual behavior or crimes. A study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that porn provides a safe space to express unconventional or deviant desires.  


Cons

1. Watching porn excessively can prevent you from getting turned on by an actual woman. You’re watching professionals with surgically enhanced bodies that are shaved and waxed everywhere with tons of makeup. Pornstars themselves have admitted in interviews that the makeup artists put makeup everywhere. And that makes sense because they need to look good on camera. The problem is when you apply this standard of beauty to real life women.

2. When you are masturbating, you control the pressure and rhythm of applied to your penis. If you are masturbating too much, you end up caring only about your pleasure that you forget about your partner’s pleasure when you’re having sex. They might feel that you were just masturbating yourself with their body instead of your hand. Sex is as much about giving as it is about receiving.

3. Most of the porn available objectifies and demeans women. Some of the shots in porn movies, especially ones that have a voyeuristic angle, have a tendency to make men view women as objects rather than as humans. In her book, ‘Pornified’ writer Pamela Paul talks about an experiment conducted on men and women who had watched a lot of porn. Turns out that these people were less likely to want daughters than those who hadn’t watched too much porn. She writes ‘Who would want their own little girl to be treated that way?’

4. Porn also happens to portray a one-dimensional image of women, as the playthings of men who are free to do with them as they please. Although there do exist many dominatrix videos where a woman dominates a man, the vast majority of men consume porn that is straight and without any portrayal of deviant behavior – a man and a woman having sex. Watching these sort of videos doesn’t do much in instilling respect for the opposite sex.

5. People who end up becoming addicted to porn will center their lives around it. Remember the 2013 movie Don Juan with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Scarlett Johansson? Despite having a girlfriend who was perfect, the character played by Levitt can only satisfy himself completely only through porn. Not to mention the time you are wasting. The real trouble starts when you find yourself canceling plans or other plans just to stay at home and watch other people have sex on a screen.

The disadvantages of watching porn that I have discussed mostly revolve around a psychological or mental aspect. But it is important to remember that this is what would happen if you give into excess. William Blake wrote ‘The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom’ in one of his works but it's best if you don’t apply that to watching porn.