Porn addiction

Are you an addict? To re-phrase, are you an addict and still don’t know about it?

Gary Wilson’s book, Your Brain on Porn raises questions that are worth pondering upon. Sample this, with the advent of high speed internet access, everywhere and anywhere, do you find yourself browsing porn endlessly? And before you say no – are you sure the Instagram pic that you just liked wasn’t actually selling you soft porn?

Humankind has never faced such high speed data access ever. And with this comes new addictions. This is similar to other addictions of the 21st century – fast food addiction, caffeine addiction etc. But is porn addiction really that big? If you believe the author, then yes it is! Gary Wilson goes on to describe how porn is affecting both males and females of all age groups( but mostly catches them young). How men are facing porn induced ED (Erectile Dysfunction). How relations are breaking apart, because porn addicts don’t enjoy actual act of sex as much. This is because too much porn has re-circuited their brains to believe that masturbating to porn is the real thing. They would browse through porn sites every night to find the perfect clip to masturbate to. That their sexual organs are so stimulated by own touch that real sex seems unreal.

Book Review – Your Brain on Porn by Gary Wilson

The book also tells about how porn addicts tend to fall into the addiction trap, wherein the more they watch porn, the less they seem to enjoy it. The less they seem to enjoy the act, more they surf to find that perfect clip that would have gotten them their initial high. In fact they go worse and deeper into the porn world. They move to more hardcore genres of porn. In fact quite a few of young porn addicts move away from their natural sexuality towards trans-sexual and gay porn; only to be confused more.

The book goes on to describe in medical terms all that happens when you become addicted to porn. It shares accounts of people who have suffered and recovered. Sample this, the author claims that high unsociable traits that Japanese youth have been showcasing over the past few years has porn as one of the reasons. While some claims may seem exaggerated, a lot of it makes sense. The book is written in a very easy to read format (even the medical sections are not that tough). The book in itself is not very long.

Does the book also tell you how to get over this addiction? Well yes. But science or your doctor would not help you at that. Science as per Wilson is yet to awaken to the phenomenon. It is however the people on different internet forums who have taken the lead at it. Wilson goes on to describe how the addicts on these internet forums have described their problems and struggles and how they have gotten over them. In fact there is a name given to this movement – NoFap movement. The movement has its own website, Wiki Page and is very active on Reddit.

The book is a good read for anyone who is a possible porn addict (or not). It presents scientific backed data and studies to back its claim. I have not verified the data, nor the studies. Neither I have read the other side of this. But from a one-sided perspective the book seems a fine read. Frankly I have not watched porn since I have finished the book. I don’t feel any better, but neither do I feel any worse.

Tamanjit Bindra (or Taman if you are lazy). Most comfortable in the company of books and tea. Would talk for whiskey, but is otherwise mostly quiet. Headbanger, Sci-Fi Fan, Absurdist, History lover, Fitness enthusiast. Coder by day (and sometimes by night as well). Can be seen driving through Delhi streets during peak hours.

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