Porn Industry – Behind the Scenes


Free tubes might have spell the end for the porn industry, instead it only made it grow even bigger.

Freebies -> Profits.

Current Industry Trend

  • The global pornography industry is worth $97 billion.
  • The United States’ pornography industry is worth $13 billion.
  • Internet pornography in the United States is a $3 billion industry.
  • Every second $3075.64 is spent on pornography.
  • Every second 28,258 internet users are viewing porn.
  • United States is the largest producer and exporter of hardcore pornographic DVDs and web material, closely followed by Germany.
  • Every 39 minutes a new porn video is made in the United States (2006).
  • 30% of the internet is dedicated to pornography.
  • More people visit porn sites than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined.

Content in Porn

Academics analysed 304 pornographic scenes and this is what they found out:

  • 3375 verbal and/or physical aggressions are observed.
  • On average each scene contains 11.53 acts of either verbal or physical aggression.
  • 88.2% contained physical aggression – principally spanking, gagging, and slapping.
  • 48.7% contained verbal aggression – primarily name calling.
  • 72% of aggressive acts are  perpetrated by men.
  • 94% of aggressive acts are committed against women.


Consumption of Porn by Children, Adolescents and Adults

  • American children begin watching hard porn at an average age of 11.
  • 33% of youth view pornography intentionally.
  • 70% of youth have accidentally come across online porn.
  • 79% of unwanted exposure to pornography takes place at home; 9% at school; 7% other/unknown; 5% at a friend’s house.
  • Kids experience unwanted exposure to explicit content via: (40%) a link came up as a result of an innocent word search; (17%) clicking on a link in another site; (14%) a pop-up; (13%) other; (12%) misspelled web address; (4%) didn’t know; (10%) pictures involving animals or other strange things.
  • Type of accidental porn material youth encounter: naked people (86%); people having sex (37%); violent pictures (13%).
  • 87% of young men and 31% of young women are using pornography.

Sexual Behaviors Influenced by Porn

  • Youth that consume violent porn are 600% more likely to force someone to do something sexual online or in-person.
  • Middle-school aged boys that watch porn are 300% more likely to have oral sex and sexual intercourse.
  • A study in south eastern U.S found that 53% of boys and 28% of girls (12-25) use sexually explicit media and internet is the main portal.
  • 67% of young men and 49% of young women agree that porn consumption is acceptable.

The information above is gathered by Internet Safety 101. Visit their website for more information on how to protect your kids and family from explicit contents.

Help! Porn Is Changing My Sexual Taste!


Novelty is a beautiful motivator.

You can stay on Facebook for hours without ever getting bored and you can swap between virtual games to keep things interesting.

Internet porn works in the same way, except in a much more sinister way.

According to psychiatrist Norman Doidge, the author of The Brain That Changes Itself:

The content of what [patients] found exciting changed as the Web sites introduced themes and scripts that altered their brains without their awareness. Because plasticity is competitive, the brain maps for new, exciting images increased at the expense of what had previously attracted them. (p.109)

The variety of porn offered on the internet is testimonial to Norman Doidge’s statement.

To some, this is a freedom of choice to explore ‘untouched sexual desires and uninhibited thoughts’, as Ogas and Gaddam claim.

What if it isn’t driven by your innate sexual nature, but by novelty?

This novelty-seeking behavior that is being performed habitually by many porn users over the year will eventually change their brains’ neuroplasticity.

In introspect, you might be wondering why simple images are no longer giving you the same high as it used to.

Your taste in porn might have change from vanilla porn (bikinis, women in lingeries) to hardcore pornography, and to niche fetishes within a couple of years, or even months – thanks to the speed of the internet.

This innocent reflex has created undesired effects:

  1. Rewiring: Regular users inadvertently carve new arousal pathways into their limbic system. The researcher Jim Pfaus points out that, “the mating brain is opportunistic“. The brain is not strictly bounded by intrinsic wiring, but rather it adapts to promising sexual cues. Adolescents experience this when their brains are primed for wiring up sexual cues. Disgusted by some of the images that they have seen, users prefer to forget them – but at a neurochemical level, the brain has been carefully wiring up all the associations to their final orgasm. Repetitive usage creates new brain pathways that can become a ‘pathway of choice’, irrespective of fundamental inclination. So as the users try to search for the next big thing, they would be more likely to seek their newly discovered genre.

  2. Desensitisation: Humans (unlike other mammals) have the capability to override their natural limits using ever-novel porn. Chronic usage of internet porn changes the brain physically. Signs of fundamental brain alterations may include: chronic weakened impulse control, craving spikes in response to cues associated with porn use, and decreased sexual responsiveness. Regular users can experience the lack of normal pleasures from vanilla porn, making them even more determined to search for new material or new genres to achieve the same climax.Constant re-conditioning has it made it difficult for users to climax to earlier taste, without being aware of the scientific reason behind it.

The association between dopamine surges and new sexual preferences is not purely theoretical.

In a rat experiment,  a male rat is injected with dopamine D2 agonist drug and is forced to co-habitat with another male rat for an extended amount of time (1-2 days). During that period, the drug-induced dopamine spikes and the presence of another male, has create a new sexual pathway in the rat’s brain- linking feel good ‘high’ with male rats. After that, the injected rat would be put into a cage with a male rat and a receptive female rat. The study found that the injected male rat exhibited sexual signs (eg. erection) toward the male rat instead of the female rat. And it would keep scratching its crotch without making any sexual advancement on the male, baffled by its new physiological reactions.

Testimonies of users with changing sexual porn taste:

  • I’ve gone back to lesbian porn now, I found shemale porn really really arousing at first, but not really my cup of tea anymore. Once I stopped being afraid of what people would think, it lost that rush it gave me and became boring.When I first found shemale porn it was new and exciting, but now I’d rather a woman. Fear is what drove my attraction to shemales, but once the fear was gone the attraction was gone. It don’t look right seeing a woman with a dick anymore. It’s not disgusting but just not right.

  • During middle school and high school I watched porn for hours. After high school I dated a girl I really liked, but I didn’t feel as much arousal around her as I felt when watching porn. In college I got confused about my sexuality because I wasn’t feeling as much sexual attraction as other people. I was also turned on by gay porn and thought maybe I had latent homosexuality. My senior year I went to sexuality counseling and a coming-out support group for a quarter. Neither brought me closer to understanding sexual orientation or attraction. Yes, I got turned on by some gay porn, but I didn’t feel attraction to, or fantasize about, guys. The gay guys that I met seemed much more certain of their orientation. After a while I wasn’t sure I belonged there. I’ve started feeling more sexual attraction around women now that I’ve cut down on porn and masturbation.

  • Man I’m so put out right now. I can’t seem to stop myself. Once I was addicted to pornography and I managed to quit… for almost 3 months. This has escalated over the years from aged 12 somewhat like this;
    • Underwear models
    • Nude models
    • Basic sex in porn
    • BJ
    • Anal
    • Gangbangs
    • Male domination of women
    • Femdom
    • Feet
    • Femdom with pain
    • Femdom with an emotional feel

    Then I found fetish forums/facebooks. I used to think it was bad to watch porn for 4 hours. Since 6/7 months ago on at least 4 or 5 occasions I have been up ALL NIGHT, we’re talking 12+ hours here. I’ve just finished a 5 hour session of misery. And once again my brain feels so abused by it. I feel jittery and socially awkward and anxious like you can’t believe.

    Each time I abuse porn it gets a tiny shade more extreme. I spent a great deal of my last session fantasising about homosexual activity in a forced femdom context. Now returned to normal after orgasm, I feel absolutely disgusted. This is not something i would ever find attractive in the real world, in my right mind! I’m struggling so hard to break the cycle, this is the only place I could write this down.


Sexual Transmutation


 

So far in my blogs, I have written about the detrimental effects of chronic PMO (porn >masturbation > orgasm) and the benefits of quitting porn.

Let’s assume you have stopped – now what?

What to do with all these excessive amount of sexual energy?

Sexual transmutation is the answer.

In the book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill stated that most men and women only become successful after the age of 40. That is the age when they become more mature and can control their bodily impulse, resulting in the ability to channel all their energy in attaining their desires.

Young people are inexperienced in expressing their creativity, so they often resort to physical means to dissipate it.

Masturbation and internet porn are not the best creative outlets. They only sap your energy, waste your time and stop you from reaching your goals

The emotion of sex can be conveyed into three constructive potentialities:

  1. The perpetuation of mankind
  2.  The maintenance of health (as a therapeutic agency, it has no equal)
  3. The transformation of mediocrity into genius through sexual transmutation (take note of this particular line)

Those that discovered the power of sexual transmutation can lift them into a higher level.

Scientific research has disclosed these significant facts:

  1. The men of greatest achievement are men with highly developed sex natures; men who have learned the art of sex transmutation.
  2. The men who have accumulated great fortunes and achieved outstanding recognition in literature, art, industry, architecture, and the professions, were motivated by the influence of a woman.

Have you ever wonder why the girl or the guy you are attracted to at church, uni or workplace seem to have that pulling aura?

It’s because they are highly sexed. The ability to keep their sexual fluid intact and transmutate the sexual energy have given them the drive to achieve great things including a respectable career, good body image and attractive personality.

People with high sexual energy communicate themselves in the following media:

  1.  The hand-shake. The touch of the hand indicates, instantly, the presence of magnetism, or the lack of it.
  2. The tone of voice. Magnetism, or sex energy, is the factor with which the voice may be colored, or made musical and charming.
  3. Posture and carriage of the body. Highly sexed people move briskly, and with grace and ease.
  4. The vibrations of thought. Highly sexed people mix the emotion of sex with their thoughts, or may do so at will, and in that way, may influence those around them.
  5. Body adornment. People who are highly sexed are usually very careful about their personal appearance. They usually select clothing of a style becoming to their personality, physique, complexion, etc.

So next time when you meet successful people who are highly sexual in nature, you know they are practicing the secret sexual transmutation.

I Can’t Remember Anything! Is Porn Responsible For this?


The test is about to finish in 10 minutes and you still can’t recollect what you’ve studied for the past few days.

C’ya high distinction.

Of course, anxiety and nervousness play a role in the possibility of you failing the test.

But.

What if porn plays a role as well?

In a German scientific study, it is found that internet erotica can diminish working memory.

In the porn-imagery experiment, 28 healthy individuals performed working-memory task using three different sets of pictures and one set of pornographic images. The participants rated the pornographic pictures on sexual arousal and masturbation urges (before and after) of the pornographic picture presentation. Results showed that porn viewing and greater arousal augmented the drop in working memory (short-term).

The experiment above only has results on short-term memory, but many users reported great improvement to their concentration and long-term memories after removing porn from their life.

By using the model that is provided by brain studies on internet addicts, due to the lack of memory impairment research on internet porn, it shows that internet addicts suffer from impaired inhibitory control, increased impulsivity, and a measurable decline in dopamine signalling.

Dopamine is central to concentration, focus, motivation and memory formation. Low dopamine signalling is strongly associated with poor working memory and ADHD.

The reason researchers conducted working-memory studies because individual porn users report problems during or after internet porn consumption, including neglecting responsibilities, missing appointments, losing sleep, which all lead to negative consequences.

If you are experiencing improvements in concentration and memory retention after removing porn, you’re not imagining those improvements.

Anecdotes about improving concentration and memory retention can be found below (users from NoFap reddit):


“When I was [using Internet porn] I had like this brain fog or constant hungover-like feeling, which made it hard for me to concentrate, talk to people or just do my everyday tasks. After 7-10 days this feeling went away. My mind became very clear, thoughts easy controllable, and I became much more relaxed in general.”


“I feel much more in control and calm now. Things are really going well for me now (in terms of my financial problems etc). My ability to concentrate and think logically has skyrocketed without the fog.”


“I have more energy than before, horny as hell but I can control it. My memory has gotten better. And I’ve got that social guy, who once lived in me, back. I got my charm back and it is worth every sleepless night and frustrated minute that I spent fighting this addiction.””[90-day report] Clearer mind. My mind had never been more clear in my life within those three months. The lack of fapping and porn really gives you a lot of time to think about your own life and puts everything into perspective.”


“Another result: my writing has gotten much better. I don’t mean handwriting (though that got better too). I mean word choice, sentence structure, etc. During my first year of graduate school (which I just finished), writing was a real chore. Now, after no-porn, it’s a pleasure. So easy and free. I have more words at my disposal, probably because my memory has improved in general.”


“Around the time I started using porn a few years ago, my memory began to fog. My whole life since then seemed like an unidentifiable blob. Now, a few months into recovery, past memories are coming to me. At first, I was in disbelief that they even happened because they are so joyful and carefree. Yet finally, after being frustrated with this for so long, I feel like this IS my life, and those happy memories are real. I have been struggling to feel any connection with my past life and actions. Now that my past is flying back at me, and it all feels terrific. Also, dreams. Even dreams that happened months ago are coming back to me, and it is also quite enjoyable.”


Is Internet Porn Wrecking Marriages?


 

It might seems odd to blame internet porn as the main culprit behind divorces.

Many argued that porn is merely a symptom of bad marriages; not the root.

What if it is?

551 married couples were asked by the General Society Survey whether or not they have viewed porn in the last year, then they were asked about their views on extra-marital relations.The result of the study shows strong connection between the consumption of porn and marital infidelity.

In a 2004 testimonial hearing before the United States Senate, Dr.Jill Manning found that 56% of divorce cases involved one party having an obsessive interest in internet porn, according to her research.

In another source, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer, polled 350 divorce attorneys in 2003 – 66% of them reported that internet porn contributes to more than half of the divorce cases.

Each year for the past decade more than a million divorces have fall through.

If 50% of it is caused by porn, then it looks like this:

– 1,000,000 divorces each year; 500,000 divorces caused by porn.

– If porn is TRULY the cause, we can further reduce it  to 25% – that’s still 125,000 divorces caused by porn!

Internet porn provides an intrinsic escape for troubled married people.

Each PMO (porn > masturbation > orgasm) session can make the married individual feel tired after and, the constant spike of dopamines can also numb their senses. Accompanied by accumulation of ΔFosB, the process of PMO continues again, without the individual being aware of what porn is doing to the brain.

The combination of insensitivity and lethargic lead to greater unwillingness for the partner (males usually) to make amends with the spouse.

This cycle of dopamine and neglect continues until the marriage can no longer be saved.

Fapping – Lower Testosterone Level?


Internet porn is the holy grail of libido.

Day and night, young men are watching it, savoring it and binging it.

The constant clicking, the anticipation of a loading page, the shock and surprise, the hunched back, and the fear of being discovered – all adds up to the excitement and thrill.

Fast forward that habit 10 years into the future and many are struggling to get it up for a real woman.

Many are wondering why this is happening to them – they’re in their late teens and early twenties – the time when their testosterone level is at their peak. Excessive PMO (porn, masturbation and orgasm) might be the culprit.

Research found that testosterone is responsible for penile erections. Inadequate testosterone can result in:

  • Lower sex drive
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Feeling depressed
  • Decreased sense of well-being

Frequent ejaculation can be taxing to the body. Semen contain multiple nutritional values including (not restricted to) vitamin C, citric acid, enzymes, protein, phosphate and bicarbonate buffers and zinc. Emptying the vessel means the system has to extract similar nutrients from the body, thus depleting it.

Conserving it over an extended period of time can result in higher level of testosterone (better erection) and the lack of ‘death grip’ allow the inflammation in penile section to dissipate, improving sensitivity.

In a 2014 research, it found that ED among young men is more common than previously thought. Porn addiction did not make it to the ’cause’ list, but hormonal changes did. PMO can cause physiological changes to the brain, then it can definitely cause hormonal imbalances in our body.

Better lay your hands off internet porn and your Johnson if you want to improve your sexual performance and integrity.

Internet Porn – Withdrawal Symptoms


 

Be ready to experience withdrawal symptoms if you ever decide to stop watching internet porn.

Yes, even your favourite ‘harmless’ pastime can cause you some pain.

The withdrawal symptoms of porn users are similar to those who are addicted to alcohol, cocaine and heroine.

All addictions, including internet porn, have certain neurochemical and cellular changes that affect specific regions of the brain. There are exception like most cases. Alcohol and certain drugs can damage or alter additional messenger systems eg. opiate use decreases opioid receptors.

Scientific research finds that withdrawal initiates a cascade of neurochemical alterations, including:

  • Further decline in dopamine levels
  • Further decline in opioids and endorphins
  • Drop-off in GABA, which is an anti-anxiety neurotransmitter
  • Rise in brain stress hormones CRF and norepinephrine
  • Elevated dynorphin which inhibits dopamine and lowers your pleasure response
  • Reward center sprouts new nerve cells branches after one week of quitting

Fapstronauts and laymen alike experience these common withdrawal symptoms, which include:

  • Mood Swings
  • Loneliness
  • Headache
  • Muscle Ache (chest, back, shoulders)
  • Social paralysis
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks (rare)
  • Emotional
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Depress
  • Lack of Focus
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitive (noise, touches, smells)
  • Nausea
  • Disorientation (mild)
  • Lethargic
  • Anger fits
  • Agressive demeanor
  • Violent dreams (nightmares to some)
  • Paranoia
  • Flashbacks

The list can go on. For more details and context in regard to these withdrawal symptoms, visit Your Brain On Porn – What does withdrawal from porn look like?