By Noah Bailey
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke.
With the introduction of the internet comes a massive environment for evil to thrive. The porn industry has been totally neglected by mass media journalists. Porn appeals to an inherent desire in nearly all men, especially young men with hormones. Pornography before the superiority of the internet was hard to obtain and was much more taboo in our culture than it is now. Back in the 80s and 90s you had to go to an age restricted store in public, whereas nowadays the majority of people can access pornography in a matter of minutes via their smartphone or their laptop/PC. The ability to indulge in these types of things has become far more accessible due to the internet. In 2013 Huffington Post sources an article that says 70% of men watch porn. It also states that more than 30% of all internet downloads are pornography related. But we really haven’t discussed whether or not the introduction of internet pornography and its effects are beneficial to our society. So, what is the result when the majority of men are infatuated with something so naturally enticing?
Sex is ingrained in our minds as one of our primary reinforcers along with food and drink. When we eat something at our favorite fast food restaurant our brain releases a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical that is strongly correlated with addiction. When a heroin addict shoots up, dopamine is released which increases the addicts want or desire for more heroin and more pleasure. The brain rewires neurons to make this happen. The more instances of pleasure the more rewiring that occurs. “Your Brain on Porn” is a leading organization in the awareness of pornography and its addictive effects. It states: ‘The rewiring behind addiction arises partly from DeltaFosB, which strengthens the connections between nerve cells, making it easier for them to communicate. While DeltaFosB acts on the reward circuit, stronger nerve connections are behind all learning. This process is called neuroplasticity. The more intense the experience, the stronger the connections. The stronger the connections, the easier it is for electrical impulses to travel along this new pathway.’ So, mentally speaking, the similarities between a heroin addict and a porn addict are not too distant.
Porn addiction effects the mind and the mind controls mood and emotion. A multitude of studies listed and sourced on “Your Brain on Porn” conclude that there is a positive correlation between internet pornography use and depression or dissatisfaction in relationships. Along with an increase in erectile dysfunction, malfunctioning stress systems in your brain, and a desensitization to any stimuli other than sexual stimuli. Porn kills men in a way that isn’t outwardly observable but in a way, that is mentally unhealthy. I would advise you to visit “Your Brain on Porn” and look at the effects of something that is widely considered safe for the public. “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:18. The solution to a problem so widespread is to educate and warn.