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Warning to men: porn makes you Stupid

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A new study by the Max Planck Institute in Berlin found out that porn is linked to less grey matter in the brain, which could mean porn is making men stupid.

 

Although the research is promising, it still couldn’t determine if porn actually lead to the shrinking of brain matter or if having a smaller brain matter led to a desire to watch more porn.

 

The institute recruited 64 men aged 21–45 ‘with a broad range of pornography consumption’ for the research. The subjects were not originally told that the research would monitor their brains and porn and were instead told that they were undergoing a study on the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

 

The men were later told that the research will include pornography and were asked to describe how much porn they watched. The average was around 4 hours per week.

 

During their MRI scans, the men were shown porn and non-sexual images of people exercising. The researchers found out that ‘grey matter volume of the right caudate of the striatum is smaller with higher pornography use.’

 

When men were also shown porn, the MRI showed that the part of the brain that processes motivation became less active. This meant that ‘Individuals with lower striatum volume may need more external stimulation to experience pleasure and might therefore experience pornography consumption as more rewarding.’

 

The researchers agreed that further studies are needed to see if long-term pornography consumption or exposing naïve participants to porn could lead to more causal effects.

 

 

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