PIED – Hard to be Hard

I realized I recently haven’t written much about pornography use, which doesn’t signify that the problems from porn use are solved or disappeared.  I just want to remind my audience (in a rather light-hearted fashion) that porn can remove the bone from your boner.

According to a report written in 2011 and published in Psychology Today, Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction (PIED) is becoming quite common among men in there 20s and early 30s (some even younger). It would appear as though this should not happen, as men in this age range are supposed to be physically in their primes.

Forgive me for my  oversimplified explanation of the intriguing phenomenon of PIED. During sex, there are spikes in the levels of dopamine, which is a good thing for our species – we must like reproducing in order to keep our lineage going or we’ll die out. Yet, this primal process can actually work against us in certain circumstances. The journal notes that the over-stimulation of dopamine by frequently watching porn changes the “reward system” in your brain.

“A ‘paradoxical effect’ is created whereby with each new thrill, or ‘dopamine spike’, the brain loses its ability to respond to the [same] dopamine signals, meaning that porn-users demand increasingly extreme experiences to become sexually aroused.” With easy access to porn, unlimited novelty of videos, and often extreme content, one’s brain gets bombarded with dopamine because it’s visualizing a replication of a sexual experience (kinda).

The author of the report remarked, “‘In some porn users, the response to dopamine is dropping so low that they can’t achieve an erection without constant hits of dopamine via [viewing porn sites on the internet].”

Unfortunately, this situation is very prevalent – “‘Instead [of being shocked by having ED], many are becoming convinced that erectile dysfunction at 20-something is normal.'” But there is a solution to those who worry about themselves and other men.

The key is to eschew pornography – throw that crack pipe filled babe-toxins away. Not today, Satan. Not for a day, not for a week, not for a month – it takes 3-5 months of being porn-free for one’s brain to decontaminate itself. However, one shouldn’t feel ashamed that he specifically is knotted to porn – from my perusing of articles on the topic and testimonies of past-porn users, quitting porn can be as difficult as quitting a hard-drug. Cheer up, you’re not the only one struggling to free yourself from pornography’s devilish appendages.

Nevertheless, I suggest reading the literature on the harmful effects of pornography use (because there are several more) and ask yourself, “Am I satisfied with my life right now? Am I happy with my relationships with other people? Am I achieving the success I envisioned I would?”

If those rhetorical questions don’t prompt useful reflection, trying thinking about what you do when you fap to porn. You are pleasuring yourself by looking at pixels. Pixels. Pixels of people you don’t know in some foreign location being filmed by some perverted camera crew. Is that the best you can do?


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