First of all, the question is whether the movies with ‘that’ means adult content affect our mind or not? The answer is yes it does and it is not good. The urge to watch pornography is similar to the urge a drug addict has for drugs. With repeated viewing of adult content, the part of the brain that is responsible for decision making and willpower actually begins to shrink. Will know further what science says about this.
Our brain is a biological computer, in which billions of neurons keep processing information, they control your body. shape your feelings. Brain chemicals work together. Make you feel happiness, pain and many such emotions.
Porn activates the same chemicals in the brain that make sex pleasurable. (Photo: Getty)
First of all understand what happens by watching adult content
When having sex or watching adult content, dopamine is released in the part of the brain that is responsible for emotions and learning. This sharpens the focus of the person. A feeling of craving arises. Like- ‘I just want this’.. This kind of pleasure is received.
Norepinephrine hormone is also released in the brain, which increases alertness and focus. It tells the brain, ‘Something is going to happen and we have to be ready for it.’ Oxytocin and Vasopressin are also released by sex and adult content. These hormones help cells to store old memories. It binds the person’s memories to something that has given him sexual pleasure.
Endorphin is also released from the body. Due to this, there is a feeling of intoxication in the whole body. Once satisfied, the level of Serotonin also changes, leading to a feeling of calmness and relaxation. This process works in the same way when a sexual relationship is being made. Norepinephrine, endorphin and serotonin cause pleasant feeling with the partner. Whereas, due to oxytocin and vasopressin, emotional connection is felt with the partner. Over time, the urge for sex due to dopamine turns into sexual desire for each other.
The brain connects to porn, not the person (Photo: Getty)
Exactly the same happens when you watch adult content. Activates the same feel-good chemicals in your brain that make sex pleasurable and meaningful. But adult content is not actually having sex. This short-circuits the system. It has side effects.
3 ways adult content affects our brain
When watching adult content, the brain works differently. According to researchers, chemicals that work in the brain affect in 3 ways-
1. Images of adult content get imprinted on the brain
The brain is designed in such a way that it can remember important situations and events. Even while watching adult content, the brain gets this signal that something important has happened. The result is that even after watching adult content, its image remains on the brain. Many people who have given up watching adult content still have images from that time etched in their minds. This is due to norepinephrine, oxytocin and vasopressin, which work on memory formation. This can create a library of images in your mind that you cannot erase. Neuroscientist Dr. William Struthers, author of Wired for Intimacy, calls it a neurological tattoo, which can neither be forgotten nor erased.
2. The brain connects to adult content, not the person
By having sex, you connect with a person, whereas in the case of adult content, the connection is not with a person but with an imaginary experience. The brain knows where you had the best sexual experience. Every time you have a sexual desire, you know what to look for.
Furthermore, adult content makes the mind experience an unnatural frenzy. The result is that by doing this everyday, the enthusiasm gets lost. One wants to see something better than before in order to enjoy as before. This kind of imbalance in the mind causes many problems. Such as being passive with your partner, masturbating frequently and getting less satisfaction, anxiety, fatigue, and wanting more adult content.
3. It shrinks the brain
Yes, this may sound a bit strange, but the brains of people watching adult content are actually smaller than normal. According to research by Cambridge neuropsychiatrist Valerie Voon, the brains of people addicted to it are very similar to the brains of alcoholics. A brain structure called the ventral striatum plays an important role in giving pleasure to the brain. This is the same part of the brain that immediately becomes active when an alcoholic sees a picture of alcohol.
At the same time, Dr. William Struthers says that masturbating by watching pornography actually weakens the cingulate cortex of our brain. This is the part that is responsible for making moral and ethical decisions and willpower. Due to its weakness, a person finds it necessary to watch adult content. When this happens, the person’s behavior can become dangerous. In such a situation, he will watch adult content even at work, turn to illegal adult content or calm his sexual desire in other ways.
Not only chemical but it also has psychological effects (Photo: Getty)
Psychological Effects of Adult Content on the Brain
You have understood the effects of adult content on the chemical level, now let’s talk about the psychological effects of adult content. Sex addiction therapist and porn recovery expert Dr. Kevin Skinner says that our emotions are greatly influenced by the chemicals present in our body. When a person is watching adult content, he is changing his normal emotional state. But when the effect of these chemicals subsides, he may feel more depressed and emotionally low. What do experts say…
This can increase anxiety or depression – Research shows a link between watching adult content and anxiety or depression. Some experts believe that it can affect relationships, which can lead to depression or anxiety.
Adult content can change sexual beliefs – a person starts desiring what he sees in adult content. One may also think that violence in sex is good. This also changes the way of looking at women. It could also be that he starts seeing women as sex objects. Research suggests that viewing adult content can change the way people view women. Dr. Dolph Zilman and Dr. Jennings Bryant found in their research that people watching adult content were desensitized to violent sex and rape.
It can cause memory loss- In some cases, adult content can cause memory loss. It may sound a bit strange, but according to a research, addiction to adult content can cause memory loss in teenagers. More than one research has been done on this and the results are almost the same.