What Makes Internet Porn Unique?

People have long-talked about the compelling aspects of Internet porn as it’s accessibility, affordability,and anonymity.  They call it the “Triple A engine” of porn.

New research has indicated that the way pornography addicts us is the elevated dopamine (the “feel good” endorphin in the brain) levels which make Internet porn compelling and potentially addictive.  The desire and motivation to have sex arises from dopamine.  It “buzzes up” the primitive part of the brain where the reward circuitry lives.  Cravings and pleasure come from amped up dopamine.  It’s where all addiction stems from.

Addiction recovery sites often stress that the addictiveness of porn is due to masturbation/orgasm being linked to exciting/shocking visuals.  Certainly that plays a part, but it’s an incomplete view of the power of porn.  Here are a few more considerations of what sets Internet porn apart from other addictions:

  • It provides intense novelty.  You can link to hundreds of new sexual partners in a second.  Often, sex with a “real” partner pales by comparison.
  • There are no physical limitations to consumption,  unlike food, alcohol or drugs.  The brain’s satiation mechanism are not activated unless you climax.  Even then, you can click to something to arouse you again.
  • With food and drugs, one can only achieve more effect by increasing consumption.  Using porn, you can escalate both with new “partners” and by looking at visuals that are always new and unusual.
  • Internet porn doesn’t activate your body’s aversion system.  With food, for example, you can only eat so many donuts.

What role does masturbation play in porn addiction.  Surprisingly, a small one. Many clients have told me that they evade orgasm.  Frequent ejaculation inhibits dopamine, and thus the libido for several says.  Porn addicts want to go on and on and on, sustaining the experience of sexual arousal at the expense of masturbating to orgasm.

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