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Internet Porn Is Absolutely Killing Your Real-Life Erection, So Says Science

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For those men out there spending way too much time watching porn online, you may want to pay attention here, because researchers believe that because those viewers are "desensitized" to real-life sex, those men are having trouble getting erections, according to The Independent.

“The guys I see, most of them are between 13 and 25. The vast majority are, for the most part, the picture of physical health.

“So if I’m masturbating to porn once a day for 15 minutes but I do that every day for five years, I’m pretty well on my way to being an expert to having an orgasm to porn.”

He warned that because many heavy users are young, the habit becomes even more concerning.

“If I’m 17 and that is 90% of my sexual orgasmic experience, then I’ve put a lot of effort into that particular variety/flavor of sexual development but I’ve put in very little time developing my sexuality with another person, so it makes it more challenging to become aroused to another person and you find yourself in this other direction which is often very different to sex with a person.”

According to a 2014 study, one third of men watch porn every day, meaning that the illusion of whatever goes on in those crappy plots is actually what younger men believe to be true during real sex.

Dr. Angela Gregory, psychosexual therapist at Nottingham University Hospital, said: “Men are becoming both physically and psychologically desensitized to normal sexual stimulation and arousal with a sexual partner.”

Appearing to almost psyche themselves out with the imagination of sex in porn videos, these men become impotent, but there are ways to fix this. Here's what Dr. Gregory added, via The Independent:

Fortunately, porn-induced erectile dysfunction is fixable, most easily if you’re a healthy young male: “If you can stop [masturbating], you can reboot your system to normal arousal,” Gregory explains.

She recommends going cold turkey for 90 days - some men find it easy, others really struggle. And Dr Smiler points out that you have to retrain both your body and your mind, so he talks to a lot of his clients about what they find attractive.

Masturbating does have health benefits, but when men find themselves relying on sexual satisfaction by doing it to porn every day, that's when erectile dysfunction can occur—so lay off the XXX vids, guys.

The Independent

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