Reports Say Watching Porn Shrinks Your Brain

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  • There are possible links between watching pornography and the loss of brain cells.

    The Daily Mail reports:

    Men who watch pornography may be shrinking their brains and dulling their responses to sexual stimulation, a study has found.

    However, an alternative explanation is that people who spend more time looking at pornography are born with a certain type of brain.

    Dr Simone Kühn, the study’s lead author from the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, said it was the first evidence for a link between porn consumption and reductions in brain size and brain activity in response to sexual stimuli.

    But the study can’t prove porn-watching causes changes to the brain, she said.

    People who already have a smaller ‘striatum’ – the reward part of the brain – may be more likely to use pornography.

    ‘It’s not clear, for example, whether watching porn leads to brain changes or whether people born with certain brain types watch more porn’ she said.

    ‘Unfortunately we cannot answer this question based on the results of the present study’ she added.

    For the study, Dr Kuhn and her colleague Jurgen Gallinat from Charite University, also in Berlin, recruited 64 healthy men between the ages of 21 and 45 years and asked them questions about their porn-watching habits.

    They also took images of the men’s brains to measure volume and to see how their brains reacted to pornographic pictures, says the study published in JAMA Psychiatry journal.

    They found noticeable differences in the men who abstained compared with those who regularly accessed sexual videos or images.

    What do you think? Any correlation?

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