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watching PORN – does it affect our health?

  • 9 April 2019
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as in the days of internet many of us are indulged in watching porn so i wanna ask the question that does it affect our health or interfere in our life ,as many people are getting addicted to it and does it affect our sex lives .

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This is a highly sensitive topic. @swaraj, I've edited the topic title slightly so that people realize you are asking a sincere question.
@swaraj , I agree with Laura that we need to be careful about introducing sensitive issues here. In general, all addictions are dangerous. Life needs to be lived in moderation with varieties of interests.
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laura you are correct people can easily be misguided while they see sensitive issues but this is pure academic issue to learn about the psychology and mental health , social attire , relationships etc. so people are invited to put their views.
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I think about watching porn is totally dangerous for ourself. Watch porn make us be insensitive each other .affecty all topics in our lives .
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Hi Swaraj,
I read a book recently that talks about the negative effects of children watching pornography - from my recollection, it talked about how children created expectations of what sex was about - how to perform and how others should perform and as most pornography is impersonal and often includes violence it is likely be very damaging psychologically for children. This may also be the case for adults. There has also been a lot of discussion that due to current political and media driven based issues, men and women are no longer dating and therefore people are turning to pornography and such for self pleasure and satisfaction, which is leading away form the typical and often fulfilling relationships. I think the most important questions to ask are why are people turning to pornography, what does it fulfill for them, why do they feel they want or need to and what is the underlying cause of that? It may be a fear of intimacy, a fear of the current times, etc and choosing in this way likely is unhealthy and will lead to further problems.
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As you asked swaraj that how porn effect on your health , is that watching porn can effect your mental health in long term and that create some eyes problem too.
Wwatching porn also effect on your sexual health too.
All together this is not a good habit to watch porn regularly...
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Interestingly amusing answers. The first few posts alone are about how this is a supposedly sensitive subject.

Is porn bad for you?

The answer is no, it is not.

People reported the following benefits after watching porn

  • attitudes about sex
  • sexual knowledge
  • sex life
  • quality of life in general
It can be negative if done too much, but even that is debatable if you dig into the "why".

The thing to keep in mind is separating the "sexually compulsive" individuals out of this discussion would be of benefit.



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I am a certified sexogist and sex coach. As I read the posts, I found it very interesting that in this world where we are turning to diversity and inclusivity in all areas, sexuality is still one topic people are relatively closed off to accepting beliefs and actions that fall outside what they believe is the norm. As with anything, alcohol, drugs, cell phone use,Facebook, Sports, and working out, to name a few, anything in excess can be dangerous in a variety of ways. However, pornography does serve a purpose and can help build acceptance. Most people who watch pornography recognize that it does not mimic reality. However what porn does provide is a means of understanding that not all sex is vanilla and it can lead to greater self-awareness, greater self-esteem and a generalized acceptance that one person's sexuality is not another's. As clinical professionals, as we talk about diversity and inclusion, do not forget to incorporate sexuality under that umbrella
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I think there is no easy answer to that question. There are a lot of variables that play into it. I don't think porn in an of itself is a problem. The problem arises when it doesn't get seen as other things that you can watch on tv, most isn't real. Though there is quite some amateur vanilla porn out there as well. It really just depends on the person watching how they react and what their back ground is.
There is porn for every taste, so everyone can have that.
Things can get muddled for various reasons.
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Yes. Any addiction is dangerous to your body, mind and spirit. When you let an addiction dictate your actions, emotions and interactions, you are no longer in control. You become a pupett of your addiction.
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Stick to the title: watching PORN – does it affect our health? There is no definite answer to it.  It depends on how you make use of its benefits and control over yourself that addiction will affect your health.  

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I think sometimes that porn will negatively affect the mental health of a person. This can be compared to overeating food for the physical body. 

but if not abused, then ok

 

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Yes it does. It affects the same manner as nicotine and other such addictive stuff, including alcohol does to your mind and body. It has well been proven pornography changes the structure of your brain. If that is not dangerous, then what is?

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Of course it does,  many people cannot quit porn, it overstimulates dopamine in the brain over and over. It perverts human mind and creates obsesive thoughts.

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My opinion is that porn dangerous to oneself, society and the world at large.

It dislocates individuals from true intimacy with others. Screwing up our minds into sexualized people who are confused about sexuality. 

 The addiction comparison is helpful in that like other addictions, if used in excess it is is lethal. However pornography can have a cunning numbing affect and remain off the harmfulness radar. Where it slowly warps and distorts minds of children and adults. 

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I think it's both sensitive and educative for this topic to be discussed here…

 

Personal opinion about porn and our Health is focused on our mental health.

When people watch porn for a long time, they tend to create some unrealistic pictures about sex and their partners, hence, if it doesn't turn out that way in reality. It becomes a problem in real life relationship. Secondly it comes with a sense of guilt after the act and hence deteriorates the individuals sense of pride and makes room for obsessive tendencies. Could also lead to depression and other sexually related psychological problems

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I am amazed at reading so many answers relating the risks of porn to the ammount of use given to it. In my opinion, defining porn is a difficulty in itself.  But the real issue to me lies in the fact that contents in porn may be extremelky sexist, abusive and aggresive. Women tend to be degradated to a mere sexual object in the hands of one or several men who use and abuse a body deprived of a person.  I am not in favour of judging others sexual behaviour, as long as it is respectful and fulfilling for the people involved in it, but I reject abuse, sexism and violence taking others for granted, specially when others are more vulnerable, like children, for instance.  To sum up, a little spice can sparkle a flame, but not everything is valid if we worry about being healthy.

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