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27 October 2011

Is Internet Porn Taking the Romance Out of Sex?

Men addicted to internet porn site may develop an inability to be turned on by real partners, two new studies say. According to at least two recent studies, "More and more young Italian men are suffering from 'sexual anorexia' and are unable to get erections because of internet porn use that started in their mid-teens ." _TOI
For some young men, too much exposure to internet porn can affect their sexual performance with real life women.
"It's all free, easy to access, available within seconds, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Overstimulation of the reward circuitry in the brain is a very real possibility....Quitting can be quite challenging due to an alarming temporary drop in libido, and some men experience withdrawal symptoms. These include insomnia, irritability, panic, despair, concentration problems, and even flu-like symptoms...

..."Desperate young men from various cultures, with different levels of education, religiosity, attitudes, values , diets, marijuana use, and personalities are seeking help. They have only two things in common: heavy use of today's internet porn and increasing need for more extreme material," she said in an article in Psychology Today. Most men are astonished to learn that pornography use can be a source of sexual performance problems, she said. _TOI
The prime time for young men and women to fall in love, marry, and start families, is in the early 20's, physiologically. But in the modern age, many men and women are not ready to settle down until their early to late 30's, if not later. And for the young men -- such as many young men in some European countries -- who still live with their mothers, the women in porn may be the only ones willing to take them as they are.

Occasional viewing of internet porn is not a problem. But the compulsive need for constant stimulation, requiring more and more extreme material in order to satisfy the craving, is a problem for the addict.

If a society breeds too many addicts -- to internet porn, to drugs, to romance novels, or any guilty pleasure taken to extremes -- that society will suffer. In the case of porn addiction, patterns of mating, family formation, and procreation can suffer. That tears at the very heart of a society's future.

It seems as if internet porn is playing a role in the phenomenon identified by Lionel Tiger as "The Decline of Males." Not many women have understood how such a decline could adversely affect them, at least not yet. A more recent book, The Decline of Men by Guy Garcia, fills in some of the details which Tiger predicted a decade earlier.
In an eye-opening exploration of contemporary American manhood, The Decline of Men shows how men are struggling to redefine what being a man means in today's world. Their confusion has led to rampant male malaise, which has left many men feeling alienated and disconnected. Unable to communicate their frustrated thoughts or emotions effectively, too many guys are slacking off and opting out of their manly obligations, producing an entire generation of men who are ditching their own potential and failing the moms, wives, and girlfriends who love them. _Decline of Men
As you can imagine, adopting internet porn -- and soon, the adoption of virtual reality porn -- is not helping the situation any.

The demand for porn -- like the demand for tobacco, drugs, alcohol, gambling, prostitution, death sports, etc -- is not likely to go away. In fact, porn is likely to evolve rapidly in the coming years, perhaps to this stage:

Futurama - Don't date robots from John Pope on Vimeo.

All of the medical and societal changes that have influenced human mating and procreation were predicted many years ago. We just had to see it for ourselves before we would believe it. And now that we see what is happening, we still cannot bring ourselves to believe what it is leading to.

Fertility rates are already falling among the more advanced and intelligent populations of the world. Some countries -- such as Japan -- may well underbreed themselves into nonexistence. Others, such as Russia, are becoming empty shells of their former selves. If you wanted to destroy a country, destroying the will or ability of males to mate with females would pretty well do it.

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