This paper seeks to show how the wide-spread viewing of Internet pornography has desensitized an entire generation of men to women and sex, resulting in unfulfilled relationships and a host of other issues like erectile dysfunction and vanishing libido. This paper also highlights a few methods to further investigate this phenomenon.
Before pornography, a relationship with a living, breathing mate was the answer to emotional and sexual connection. Pornography threw that equation out the window. For the first time, men could get the same feeling of wholesome, loving sensuality through a fantasy world of choice and variety. So while women desired a real man for company and connection, the pornography-blinded man only desired a broadband connection, a computer and a quiet spot.
Where gratification was obtained through intercourse, it has been replaced with masturbation while viewing pornography. The results are an entire generation of porn-viewing men afflicted by what is otherwise termed “Pornographically Induced Impotence”. That is a lack of sexual arousal unless stimulated by sexy pictures and erotic, hardcore films; where sex with a living breathing female is less of a stimulus than masturbating to a 2hr hardcore pornography film.
The psychology behind this is simple. Pornography is often viewed in private and under intense focus. This deep hypnotic state alters the division between fantasy and reality and result in what Dr Charles Tart of University of California terms “an altered state where they will follow a stimulus input more strongly and with much less critical reflection.” Where previously the total sensory stimulus of sight, touch, sound from real sex triggered sexual arousal; now, only what is on the screen counts. The act of masturbation simulates genital arousal from intercourse, further linking the orgasmic sexual high to the sex acts on the screen, forming the mental association that a sexual high is easily obtainable by masturbating to...