They’re bigger than you might think.
TIME Magazine’s cover story from the week of April 11, 2016 states that “A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents.”
YourBrainOnPorn.com also sites the article with the following subheading: “The first generation of men who grew up with unlimited online porn sound the alarm”
“These young men feel like unwitting guinea pigs in a largely unmonitored decade-long experiment in sexual conditioning. The results of the experiment, they claim, are literally a downer.” (TIME)
Ironically though, TIME Magazine used pornographic images to accompany the story.
Dr. Jim Dennison recently wrote this in his daily cultural commentary piece dated April 6, 2016:
The photographs that accompany the article are “totally unnecessary to the story. I cannot think of a rationale that defends including them. I can only assume that whoever made this decision thought their graphic nature would sell more magazines. If so, Time is using sexual images to make money, which makes its magazine pornography…This is like offering whiskey at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.”
The Problems with Pornography Use
Dennison also discusses the scientific evidence that indicates that watching pornography causes brain damage, not to mention that it’s highly addictive.
We know that porn is often linked with lower sex drives. The irony here is that it is often used by couples to enhance their sex lives, and in the beginning it sure seems to do just that. But this is a danger zone. Marriage doesn’t solve pornography use, but pornography can destroy a marriage.
One Couple’s Story: A Pornography Problem
Mark and Susan watched pornography videos together because both of them felt it heightened their sexual experience.
Mark enjoyed watching Susan get turned on by what was happening on the screen. Neither felt there was anything wrong with what they were doing because they were doing it together and they were having better sex!
But over time, Susan became less interested in the videos. She began feeling as if she and Mark were never having sex without them, and there was less intimacy when they did have sex.
Mark knew Susan was starting to get turned off by the process, so he began viewing porn alone. He and Susan were having sex less and less often so he felt justified in turning to outside sources for gratification.
They came to see me when Susan realized just how much porn Mark was viewing and that he had begun entering chat rooms to have sexual conversations with other people.
Mark and Susan were caught up in the vicious cycle that is the beginning of a full blown sexual addiction that could have destroyed their marriage.
Get Help for Your Pornography Problem
If you have a pornography addiction, we can help. Many of our counselors and coaches have helped porn addicts break the cycle, and some of our staff have battled this addiction themselves. Eric Tooley shares his experience here. Now Eric leads a non-profit organization, Noble Choices, and teaches seminars around the country to schools and churches on the dangers of porn to both men and women.
Reaching out because you are struggling with porn is often intimidating, shameful and scary but we promise you that working with us is very private, discreet and effective.
Contact us online or by phone at (972) 441-4432.