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2013-08-14 04:13:02 PM  
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-08-14 04:15:14 PM  
We're done here, someone turn off the light on the way out.
 
2013-08-14 04:41:59 PM  

basemetal: We're done here, someone turn off the light on the way out.


we'll try, but the switch might get a little sticky.
 
2013-08-14 05:12:54 PM  
Gail Dines, professor of sociology at Wheelock College, Boston, says women report peer pressure to take part in activities, sometimes early in a relationship, that were not seen as mainstream a generation ago, but which are performed in pornography without any prior negotiation:

You're talking about anal, aren't you?
 
2013-08-14 05:50:10 PM  

basemetal: We're done here, someone turn off the light on the way out.


The fact that it's a little girl just proves the point of TFA.  So, so wrong...
 
2013-08-14 05:53:58 PM  

impaler: Gail Dines, professor of sociology at Wheelock College, Boston, says women report peer pressure to take part in activities, sometimes early in a relationship, that were not seen as mainstream a generation ago, but which are performed in pornography without any prior negotiation:

You're talking about anal, aren't you?


College Orgy Parties.
 
2013-08-14 05:55:51 PM  

impaler: Gail Dines, professor of sociology at Wheelock College, Boston, says women report peer pressure to take part in activities, sometimes early in a relationship, that were not seen as mainstream a generation ago, but which are performed in pornography without any prior negotiation:

You're talking about anal, aren't you?


From a lesbian view-point...
 
2013-08-14 06:01:02 PM  
I don't understand the headline: is porn damaging my brain? maybe.  is it damaging my carpal tunnel?  I don't think it is damaging it as much as it is exacerbating it.  Damaging it might mean it was getting better?
 
2013-08-14 06:04:32 PM  
It might have damaged my brain, because I read the second part as "carnal tunnel".
 
2013-08-14 06:07:23 PM  
People like porn. Regardless of what of  anyone says or believes; it's not going away.
 
2013-08-14 06:08:58 PM  
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2013-08-14 06:10:27 PM  

Badgerlad: It might have damaged my brain, because I read the second part as "carnal tunnel".


Carnal trumpet?

www.legacy.com
 
2013-08-14 06:10:47 PM  
No dain bramage here.
 
2013-08-14 06:11:10 PM  
nation of fatties with Popeye arms
 
2013-08-14 06:11:49 PM  

Marshal805: People like porn. Regardless of what of  anyone says or believes; it's not going away.


I wonder if we had a more sexually open society (i.e. not flipping out at Super Bowl nipples) we might view less porn.

Complete conjecture, but the most sexually repressed states and countries seem to consume the most internet porn, don't they?
 
Ab3
2013-08-14 06:12:06 PM  
I watch porn all the time and my dain is not bramaged!
 
2013-08-14 06:18:35 PM  

impaler: Gail Dines, professor of sociology at Wheelock College, Boston, says women report peer pressure to take part in activities, sometimes early in a relationship, that were not seen as mainstream a generation ago, but which are performed in pornography without any prior negotiation:

You're talking about anal, aren't you?


Wonder why that was the first thing "Impaler" thought of

/you brought her, you Impaler
 
2013-08-14 06:19:35 PM  
A more important question is:  are articles about porn generating traffic for the BBC?

/I think yes
//porn, BBC there might be a joke in there somewhere.
 
2013-08-14 06:22:28 PM  
There is this site called outpost 9 where a guy talks about his teaching experiences in Japan.  One of his posts dealt with the time his father gave him a VHS porn tape (back in the day when VCRs were used.)  I guess that is one approach.
 
2013-08-14 06:25:09 PM  

impaler: Gail Dines, professor of sociology at Wheelock College, Boston, says women report peer pressure to take part in activities, sometimes early in a relationship, that were not seen as mainstream a generation ago, but which are performed in pornography without any prior negotiation:

You're talking about anal, aren't you?


My guess, blowjobs, we owe that to BJ Clinton, not porn
 
2013-08-14 06:26:41 PM  
Porn is not going away. Any more than obesity epidemic food will be going away. It will be a survival of the fittest situation in both cases. The obesities will be weakened, slow, discriminated against. The porn and masturbation addicts will have no ability to humanly act with a nonscreen human female. Will not be able to get an erection without a hand and cellphone. And if they do, will wonder what is wrong with human females that think getting a "facial" (getting ejaculated onto the face) is perverse and gross. I will have more to say later, but I'm in the waiting room at the dentist's office.
 
2013-08-14 06:27:29 PM  
I look at porn all the time and my brain works gooder still.
 
2013-08-14 06:33:33 PM  
How do those sites make any money? I know when a site is linked from another, you get paid for the traffic. That being said, you don't have a long enough life to visit all the free sites where you can see and get anything without paying a penny.
 
2013-08-14 06:34:43 PM  
Gail Dines, professor of sociology at Wheelock College, Boston, says women report peer pressure to take part in activities, sometimes early in a relationship, that were not seen as mainstream a generation ago, but which are performed in pornography without any prior negotiation:


Fark it, I'll negotiate.  Whatcha want?
 
2013-08-14 06:36:13 PM  
Mpyjomh etpmh jrtr/
 
2013-08-14 06:43:10 PM  
If porn could damage the brain I wouldve been schiavoed at least a decade ago.
 
2013-08-14 06:44:14 PM  
"I dont like porn. First you get this woman who starts undressing and getting naked and she is sorta like your girlfriend. Then this guy with a big dick and comes and starts farking your girlfriend!"

/RIP George Carlin
 
2013-08-14 06:45:16 PM  
i158.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-14 06:45:32 PM  

wiseolddude: How do those sites make any money? I know when a site is linked from another, you get paid for the traffic. That being said, you don't have a long enough life to visit all the free sites where you can see and get anything without paying a penny.


Some people like to download high res videos for later viewing when they don't have an internet connection.  Also, some people cannot stream HD video because of crappy DSL connections in the apartment building.
 
2013-08-14 06:49:08 PM  
My carpal tunnel is damaging my brain,
 
2013-08-14 06:58:30 PM  
So abusing yourself to him abusing her is abusive to your brain?
 
2013-08-14 06:59:31 PM  
Any constantly rewarding high-stimulus event becomes addictive, which leads to changes in the brain. With sex being so deeply wired, it shouldn't come as a real surprise to anyone that the sheer breadth and depth of available porn, as well as how fast it can be delivered, is resulting in some trackable changes to neurological structure.

I would imagine that the real danger lies in changes from about age 18 till about age 27, especially when the pare back and reinforcement of the structure of the cerebral cortex happens. Inability to function as a sexual being in meatspace without higher and more extreme forms of stimulus is likely just one of the symptoms.
 
2013-08-14 07:12:52 PM  

wiseolddude: How do those sites make any money? I know when a site is linked from another, you get paid for the traffic. That being said, you don't have a long enough life to visit all the free sites where you can see and get anything without paying a penny.


I think a more appropriate question would be, if they can make a profit while streaming video nonstop to millions of people a day, then why do so many sites charge? The only obvious answer is greed.

I'm no expert when it comes to how things like this work, but what I do know is that video streaming is a pretty expensive process compared to other types of web content. So if these free porn sites can turn a profit with nothing more than a few banner ads and maybe a pop-up or two, then why can't other sites do the same? Most of the sites linked to here on Fark are filled with autoplay video, popups and every type of annoying ad you can think of, yet so many of them act as if they can't turn a profit. The only answer I can come up with is either greed or incompetence.
 
2013-08-14 07:14:03 PM  

hairywoogit: Any constantly rewarding high-stimulus event becomes addictive, which leads to changes in the brain.



Oh, like driving. farking disgusting addicts. 40,000 die each year on the roads due to this destructive and addictive blight. How many more need to die just so you can get your fix?
 
2013-08-14 07:21:29 PM  
Only if you define damaged as the inability to get turned on by any fewer than 10 tentacles.
 
2013-08-14 07:36:03 PM  

JRoo: Only if you define damaged as the inability to get turned on by any fewer than 10 tentacles.


I did a GIS search for "tentacles" expecting to grab something mundane like a tank of octopuses to post as a reply to your comment, but most of the pictures were NSFW. It's like opening the window to find out the sky is falling.
 
2013-08-14 07:43:12 PM  

hairywoogit: Any constantly rewarding high-stimulus event becomes addictive, which leads to changes in the brain. With sex being so deeply wired, it shouldn't come as a real surprise to anyone that the sheer breadth and depth of available porn, as well as how fast it can be delivered, is resulting in some trackable changes to neurological structure.

I would imagine that the real danger lies in changes from about age 18 till about age 27, especially when the pare back and reinforcement of the structure of the cerebral cortex happens. Inability to function as a sexual being in meatspace without higher and more extreme forms of stimulus is likely just one of the symptoms.


I think it's clear that the more you view porn the less it arouses you but I doubt it's permanent.  Having been on week long hiking trips and sailing trips without seeing any women at all I can say that the absence of stimulation has a reverse effect in pretty short order. Furthermore, while I think your theory that porn leads to changes in neurological structure is absurd, what is the more normal state for human beings?  That sex is hidden from site or that it is out in the open?  From Roman and Greek art it seems like it was a lot more open in the past.  It's much more likely that humans evolved humping like bonobos out in the open for all to see for tens of thousands of years than it is that they forced women to wear burkas.  If anything is bad for the brain it is probably religion teaching kids that life is meaningless compared to the afterlife and they should be ashamed of their normal feelings and desires and they should pray 5 times a day lest allah condemn them to hell.
 
2013-08-14 08:04:39 PM  
Heh, Peter Johnson.
Unless this creates entire generations of men only interested in porn (and not real women) I wouldn't be too worried.
 
2013-08-14 08:04:55 PM  

rwfan: hairywoogit: Any constantly rewarding high-stimulus event becomes addictive, which leads to changes in the brain. With sex being so deeply wired, it shouldn't come as a real surprise to anyone that the sheer breadth and depth of available porn, as well as how fast it can be delivered, is resulting in some trackable changes to neurological structure.

I would imagine that the real danger lies in changes from about age 18 till about age 27, especially when the pare back and reinforcement of the structure of the cerebral cortex happens. Inability to function as a sexual being in meatspace without higher and more extreme forms of stimulus is likely just one of the symptoms.

I think it's clear that the more you view porn the less it arouses you but I doubt it's permanent.  Having been on week long hiking trips and sailing trips without seeing any women at all I can say that the absence of stimulation has a reverse effect in pretty short order. Furthermore, while I think your theory that porn leads to changes in neurological structure is absurd, what is the more normal state for human beings?  That sex is hidden from site or that it is out in the open?  From Roman and Greek art it seems like it was a lot more open in the past.  It's much more likely that humans evolved humping like bonobos out in the open for all to see for tens of thousands of years than it is that they forced women to wear burkas.  If anything is bad for the brain it is probably religion teaching kids that life is meaningless compared to the afterlife and they should be ashamed of their normal feelings and desires and they should pray 5 times a day lest allah condemn them to hell.


But he will
 
2013-08-14 08:14:41 PM  
Link

Your brain on porn. The changes are massive.
 
2013-08-14 08:16:04 PM  

Boo_Guy: If porn could damage the brain I wouldve been schiavoed at least a decade ago.


Not damage. Alter. And not in a good way
 
2013-08-14 08:21:51 PM  
lghttp.17106.nexcesscdn.net
 
2013-08-14 08:38:53 PM  

rwfan: hairywoogit:
I think it's clear that the more you view porn the less it arouses you but I doubt it's permanent.  Having been on week long hiking trips and sailing trips without seeing any women at all I can say that the absence of stimulation has a reverse effect in pretty short order. Furthermore, while I think your theory that porn leads to changes in neurological structure is absurd, what is the more normal state for human beings?  That sex is hidden from site or that it is out in the open?  From Roman and Greek art it seems like it was a lot more open in the past.  It's much more likely that humans evolved humping like bonobos out in the open for all to see for tens of thousands of years than it is that they forced women to wear burkas.  If anything is bad for the brain it is probably religion teaching kids that life is meaningless compared to the afterlife and they should be ashamed of their normal feelings and desires and they should pray 5 times a day lest allah condemn them to hell.


Equating normal human sexuality to porn is absurd, and that seems to be what you are doing.  Most porn actors are essentially athletes in a specialized field, who use positions and situations that are patently ridiculous.

Just to clarify, the brain is pretty plastic.  "Constantly rewarding high-stimulus event" in this case refers to excessive viewing of porn while engage in self-stimulus.  Changes in pathways are not permanent, and can be corrected with time, but correcting destructive behavior is very hard for people.  And while porn has existed in some way or another since we have a species have learned to tell stories (very likely, at any rate) the scale on which it is available just cannot be compared.

Also, I think you may be mistaking me for someone who thinks porn in and of itself is bad.  I don't.  Some people seem to be displaying significant addiction to it, and understanding that it can be addictive is helpful.  Is that better?
 
2013-08-14 08:58:21 PM  
bie?
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/likes the amateur women
 
2013-08-14 09:02:18 PM  

rwfan: hairywoogit: Any constantly rewarding high-stimulus event becomes addictive, which leads to changes in the brain. With sex being so deeply wired, it shouldn't come as a real surprise to anyone that the sheer breadth and depth of available porn, as well as how fast it can be delivered, is resulting in some trackable changes to neurological structure.

I would imagine that the real danger lies in changes from about age 18 till about age 27, especially when the pare back and reinforcement of the structure of the cerebral cortex happens. Inability to function as a sexual being in meatspace without higher and more extreme forms of stimulus is likely just one of the symptoms.

I think it's clear that the more you view porn the less it arouses you but I doubt it's permanent.  Having been on week long hiking trips and sailing trips without seeing any women at all I can say that the absence of stimulation has a reverse effect in pretty short order. Furthermore, while I think your theory that porn leads to changes in neurological structure is absurd, what is the more normal state for human beings?  That sex is hidden from site or that it is out in the open?  From Roman and Greek art it seems like it was a lot more open in the past.  It's much more likely that humans evolved humping like bonobos out in the open for all to see for tens of thousands of years than it is that they forced women to wear burkas.  If anything is bad for the brain it is probably religion teaching kids that life is meaningless compared to the afterlife and they should be ashamed of their normal feelings and desires and they should pray 5 times a day lest allah condemn them to hell.




3-5 days is all it takes. You really should stop masturbating so much.
 
2013-08-14 09:25:16 PM  

Kevin72: Porn is not going away. Any more than obesity epidemic food will be going away. It will be a survival of the fittest situation in both cases. The obesities will be weakened, slow, discriminated against. The porn and masturbation addicts will have no ability to humanly act with a nonscreen human female. Will not be able to get an erection without a hand and cellphone. And if they do, will wonder what is wrong with human females that think getting a "facial" (getting ejaculated onto the face) is perverse and gross. I will have more to say later, but I'm in the waiting room at the dentist's office.


I think of what is being reported in Japan these days, home of the crazy shiat porn where women are subservient. There is a lot of worry there because the age group that should be looking to have sex and start a family are completely uninterested in the opposite sex and sex in general.

I'm in a marriage where we barely have sex. Why would he want to have sex with me when porn offers him an endless variety of women and whatever he wants to experience without having to bother with a real person?

After 8 years of offerring him every sex act involving every one of my orifices, begging to go to the swingers club, even bringing along another gal, and having him go to porn instead, I gave up. No biggie, I go elsewhere now for that and have no shortage of willing guys who tell me I'm attractive and sexy and actually want to have sex with me. Years of counseling to try to make me feel better about him choosing porn over me and in the end going elsewhere for sex helped more than all the counseling and support group meetings I ever went to.
 
2013-08-14 09:27:40 PM  

hairywoogit: rwfan: hairywoogit:
I think it's clear that the more you view porn the less it arouses you but I doubt it's permanent.  Having been on week long hiking trips and sailing trips without seeing any women at all I can say that the absence of stimulation has a reverse effect in pretty short order. Furthermore, while I think your theory that porn leads to changes in neurological structure is absurd, what is the more normal state for human beings?  That sex is hidden from site or that it is out in the open?  From Roman and Greek art it seems like it was a lot more open in the past.  It's much more likely that humans evolved humping like bonobos out in the open for all to see for tens of thousands of years than it is that they forced women to wear burkas.  If anything is bad for the brain it is probably religion teaching kids that life is meaningless compared to the afterlife and they should be ashamed of their normal feelings and desires and they should pray 5 times a day lest allah condemn them to hell.

Equating normal human sexuality to porn is absurd, and that seems to be what you are doing.  Most porn actors are essentially athletes in a specialized field, who use positions and situations that are patently ridiculous.

Just to clarify, the brain is pretty plastic.  "Constantly rewarding high-stimulus event" in this case refers to excessive viewing of porn while engage in self-stimulus.  Changes in pathways are not permanent, and can be corrected with time, but correcting destructive behavior is very hard for people.  And while porn has existed in some way or another since we have a species have learned to tell stories (very likely, at any rate) the scale on which it is available just cannot be compared.

Also, I think you may be mistaking me for someone who thinks porn in and of itself is bad.  I don't.  Some people seem to be displaying significant addiction to it, and understanding that it can be addictive is helpful.  Is that better?


My issue was with the term "brain structure".  What is your definition?  Brain chemistry is not brain structure as far as I am concerned.  Whether people are truly addicted to sex or porn I thought was an open question.  However I do think it is worthwhile to better understand human sexuality in all it's forms.
 
2013-08-14 09:44:03 PM  

hairywoogit: rwfan: hairywoogit:
I think it's clear that the more you view porn the less it arouses you but I doubt it's permanent.  Having been on week long hiking trips and sailing trips without seeing any women at all I can say that the absence of stimulation has a reverse effect in pretty short order. Furthermore, while I think your theory that porn leads to changes in neurological structure is absurd, what is the more normal state for human beings?  That sex is hidden from site or that it is out in the open?  From Roman and Greek art it seems like it was a lot more open in the past.  It's much more likely that humans evolved humping like bonobos out in the open for all to see for tens of thousands of years than it is that they forced women to wear burkas.  If anything is bad for the brain it is probably religion teaching kids that life is meaningless compared to the afterlife and they should be ashamed of their normal feelings and desires and they should pray 5 times a day lest allah condemn them to hell.

Equating normal human sexuality to porn is absurd, and that seems to be what you are doing.  Most porn actors are essentially athletes in a specialized field, who use positions and situations that are patently ridiculous.

Just to clarify, the brain is pretty plastic.  "Constantly rewarding high-stimulus event" in this case refers to excessive viewing of porn while engage in self-stimulus.  Changes in pathways are not permanent, and can be corrected with time, but correcting destructive behavior is very hard for people.  And while porn has existed in some way or another since we have a species have learned to tell stories (very likely, at any rate) the scale on which it is available just cannot be compared.

Also, I think you may be mistaking me for someone who thinks porn in and of itself is bad.  I don't.  Some people seem to be displaying significant addiction to it, and understanding that it can be addictive is helpful.  Is that better?


So you can be addicted to masturbation but not addicted to sex.

So confusing.

/Guess I'll go watch some porn.
 
2013-08-14 09:44:25 PM  
More likely your sex life if you're trying to emulate all that crap that's as passionate as watching an ESPN morning workout show.
 
2013-08-14 09:51:29 PM  
Tennis elbow?
 
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