This review will briefly look at the various harms of pornograhy, especially since the advent of internet pornograhy. Over the last few decades porn has increasingly been shown in research to have negative effects for both men and women alike. Women and men alike have been affected by porn’s far reaching addictive habits. This review will also look at solutions to addictive pornography.
Pornograhy consumption has increased markedly over the last few decades, primarily due to the advent and popularity of regular, affordable, and high speed internet connections (Eberstadt & Layden 13; "The History of Modern Pornography."). While pornography has been around for thousands of years, never has porn been as used or abused (8). Porns’s vivid and explixcit imagery causes healthy pereceptions of sexuality to be skewed, causing true intimacy to be lost amidst a desensitized sexual libido (Struthers 1; “What’s Wrong With Pornography?” 1; Dubinsky 1; Zillmann 27). Pornography as defined by the United Methodist Church promotes “violence, abuse, coercion, domination, humiliation, or degradation for the purpose of arousal”, all being obvious negatives (1). Porn has been linked to higher divorce rates, sexual violence, sex trafficking, brain chemistry changes, relational problems. Porn affects both the church culture and the society as a whole. These high reaching problems call for the high impacting changes that new regulations can bring. Strong regulation will provide a stopgap to the national epidemic in it’s tracks.
Over the last few decades pornography has been an activity that has taken serious effort
and discretion to engage in. Often magazines or other media were concealed in black bags to protect the privacy and comfort of the consumer, then they would travel back to their home with
the private and insidious material in cargo. With the onset of the internet, this privately insidious activity is more readily accessible. Most consumers have no idea that this secret activity is
subconsciously damaging the brains just like a hardcore drug such as heroin or alcohol would (Piper 1; Withnal 1). Some may ask how can pornography affect someone with the same effects of drugs and alcohol? The answer is simple, the same chemicals in the brain that are activated when consuming those physical substances are activated when explicit and graphic images are displayed. Dopamine and other highly potent neurotransmitters, chemicals that make your brain work, rush through the pleasure and reward centers of your brain causing the same addictive tendencies as physical drugs (Dubinsky 1; Piper 1; Withnal 1). As your reward center of your brain is activated by floods of high levels of dopamine, your brain begins to be dependant on those levels. Because the brain expects more of the pleasure activating dopamine, the more and more pornography is consumed, the brain needs more of the chemicals to maintain balance. A research project funded by the...