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(Wired)   Does watching porn REALLY shrink your brain and make you dumb? Here's a look at the science behind the recent headlines. Try not to get angry and confused when you encounter big words in the article   (wired.com) divider line 60
    More: Followup, JAMA Psychiatry, gray matters, compulsive behavior, watching porn, extroversions, conscientiousness, prefrontal cortex, striatum  
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2014-06-19 09:10:55 AM  
The brain shrinks so you can get an erection, you've have been thinking with the right head all along
 
2014-06-19 10:12:02 AM  
That articul is full of purple monkey dishwasher.
 
2014-06-19 12:26:42 PM  
It's like that terrible Neverending Story sequel where every wank drops a memory marble from your brain pan.
 
kg
2014-06-19 12:33:30 PM  
This is why the dinosaurs had small brains
 
2014-06-19 12:35:51 PM  
The articles arguments are both reasonable and plausible, but you can experientially see that porn dulls the sexual senses if overindulged.  That's not a very strong assertion as far as science is concerned.
 
2014-06-19 12:36:12 PM  
From TFA:

The most glaringly obvious problem with this study is of course its cross-sectional methodology. It's just as likely that men with less grey matter in their striatum are more attracted to porn, as opposed to porn causing that brain profile.
 
2014-06-19 12:37:15 PM  

draypresct: From TFA:

The most glaringly obvious problem with this study is of course its cross-sectional methodology. It's just as likely that men with less grey matter in their striatum are more attracted to porn, as opposed to porn causing that brain profile.


Yes, one could call that the main idea or thesis of the article.  Do you have some insight to share on it?
 
2014-06-19 12:38:27 PM  

whyRpeoplesostupid: The brain shrinks so you can get an erection, you've have been thinking with the right head all along



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH477jxY8ZI
 
2014-06-19 12:39:24 PM  
Post ho, ergo propter ho.
 
2014-06-19 12:41:58 PM  
cdn.bleedingcool.net

/go 'way, baitin'!
 
2014-06-19 12:42:19 PM  

James Rieper: Post ho, ergo propter ho.


I think "post ho" would really have added to the case being made.
 
2014-06-19 12:43:47 PM  

kg: This is why the dinosaurs had small brains


Then the short arms must have been a real tragedy.
 
2014-06-19 12:46:06 PM  
I'm ok with this.
 
2014-06-19 12:50:12 PM  

ikanreed: draypresct: From TFA:

The most glaringly obvious problem with this study is of course its cross-sectional methodology. It's just as likely that men with less grey matter in their striatum are more attracted to porn, as opposed to porn causing that brain profile.

Yes, one could call that the main idea or thesis of the article.  Do you have some insight to share on it?


Not really. Just thought the fact that people are attributing causal relationships in a cross-sectional study could use emphasis.

/Judging from the quality of the reporting described in TFA, I'm surprised the cross-sectional Census data  hasn't led to news articles proclaiming that "Most people in Miami are born Cuban and die Jewish."
 
2014-06-19 12:52:08 PM  
I find porn intellectually stimulating.  The trick is to watch something you like, graphic, vulgar, raw sex, in a foreign language.  I am fluent in German now I just can't use it in mixed company.
 
2014-06-19 12:56:28 PM  
HULK FAP!
 
2014-06-19 12:59:37 PM  

Cheron: I find porn intellectually stimulating.  The trick is to watch something you like, graphic, vulgar, raw sex, in a foreign language.  I am fluent in German now I just can't use it in mixed company.


Well you COULD use it, but really how often do you encounter the chance to properly use "Please shiat on my chest" in common interactions?
 
2014-06-19 01:01:09 PM  
I can't see well enough to read this article; the hair on my palms gets in the way of texting; and now you say my brain is rattling around in my skull...

But I'm a good choir boy, who doesn't steal the Hustlers from the Rectory!
 
2014-06-19 01:07:22 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: Cheron: I find porn intellectually stimulating.  The trick is to watch something you like, graphic, vulgar, raw sex, in a foreign language.  I am fluent in German now I just can't use it in mixed company.

Well you COULD use it, but really how often do you encounter the chance to properly use "Please shiat on my chest" in common interactions?


Not that phrase, but if Cheron is a lower GI doctor I could see some of the phrases being useful.

"Please drop your pants and turn around. Bend over. You might feel a little pressure. . . "
 
2014-06-19 01:08:30 PM  

kg: This is why the dinosaurs had small brains


I thought that it was chewing tobacco that made the goddamned sexual tyrannosaurus' brain small.
 
2014-06-19 01:13:56 PM  

ikanreed: James Rieper: Post ho, ergo propter ho.

I think "post ho" would really have added to the case being made.


I posted the same joke to Facebook too and it's currently thinking about censoring it.

Do you remember the days when you could just post a good sex joke in Latin?  Illegitimi non carborundum.
 
2014-06-19 01:33:15 PM  
I can't speak for the brain shrinkage, but I have noticed a shockingly steady increase in dick slapping.
 
2014-06-19 01:44:23 PM  
I'm looking a porn now so I'm getting a.... hmm what was that thing.... yeeaaah... Oh well - back to porn....
 
2014-06-19 01:50:14 PM  
With helpful picture of.....snowpeas.
 
2014-06-19 01:55:21 PM  

miss diminutive: I can't speak for the brain shrinkage, but I have noticed a shockingly steady increase in dick slapping.


Slap a lot of dicks, do you?
 
2014-06-19 02:16:36 PM  
Just call me pea brain then.
 
2014-06-19 02:19:40 PM  
Article headline in form of yes/no question = answer to question is no.

There: I saved you from clicking the link.
 
2014-06-19 02:37:37 PM  
Reading Wired shrinks your brain. And writing articles for Wired too, apparently.
 
2014-06-19 02:40:39 PM  

James Rieper: I posted the same joke to Facebook too and it's currently thinking about censoring it.

Do you remember the days when you could just post a good sex joke in Latin? Illegitimi non carborundum.


I don't share your outrage over "facebook censorship".  Sorry.  Just one of those things I won't ever get outraged about.
 
2014-06-19 02:51:55 PM  

SuperChuck: miss diminutive: I can't speak for the brain shrinkage, but I have noticed a shockingly steady increase in dick slapping.

Slap a lot of dicks, do you?


I'm going to go ahead and plead the 5th on that one.
 
2014-06-19 03:07:55 PM  

miss diminutive: I can't speak for the brain shrinkage, but I have noticed a shockingly steady increase in dick slapping.


I must say the whole `I`m going to see what I can get you to do for money and degrade you as much as I can` thing is a bit psycho for me.  And a bit sad. And not sexy.

The sexiest thing in porn is two people who are actually obviously enjoying what they are doing.
 
2014-06-19 03:12:33 PM  

dready zim: I must say the whole `I`m going to see what I can get you to do for money and degrade you as much as I can` thing is a bit psycho for me. And a bit sad. And not sexy.

The sexiest thing in porn is two people who are actually obviously enjoying what they are doing.


Some people are into dominance stuff.  It's not too different from there being porn with foot closeups all over the place: weird to the rest of us.
 
2014-06-19 03:26:17 PM  

dready zim: The sexiest thing in porn is two people who are actually obviously enjoying what they are doing.


This.
 
2014-06-19 03:32:09 PM  

bingethinker: Reading Wired shrinks your brain. And writing articles for Wired too, apparently.


Porn is better than a lot of other things. You can spend 2 hours watching a Grand Prix where the whole thing is a procession. Sheldon is going to knock Penny's door 3 times every farking episode of Big Bang Theory. Fox News is going to be some neocon bullshiat. Oprah brings on Jenny McCarthy who has, through her unscientific scaremongering killed far more people than the number of pornstars that OD.

Most of what is on your TV is junk, as are most movies. The amount of stuff that gets produced that's genuinely warm, rich or profound is almost a rounding error of your viewing.  A huge amount of what you read or hear or see is altered, so before anyone talks about "fake orgasms", let's talk about fake goods in locker auction shows, the editing of reality TV to change reactions, how news stations are fed lies by politicians and don't question them because it makes good copy.

Porn rarely fails to deliver. How many times have you paid money to see a film and it was garbage because of some writer's strike. Some unwatchable bit of dreck that stole money from you. How often have been disappointed by porn?
 
2014-06-19 03:40:10 PM  
Like any sensible person I am into literary erotica and expand my imagination's horizons with dinosaur gangbangs.  The rest of you Godless philistines could learn a lot from me.
 
2014-06-19 03:44:10 PM  

farkeruk: bingethinker: Reading Wired shrinks your brain. And writing articles for Wired too, apparently.

Porn is better than a lot of other things. You can spend 2 hours watching a Grand Prix where the whole thing is a procession. Sheldon is going to knock Penny's door 3 times every farking episode of Big Bang Theory. Fox News is going to be some neocon bullshiat. Oprah brings on Jenny McCarthy who has, through her unscientific scaremongering killed far more people than the number of pornstars that OD.

Most of what is on your TV is junk, as are most movies. The amount of stuff that gets produced that's genuinely warm, rich or profound is almost a rounding error of your viewing.  A huge amount of what you read or hear or see is altered, so before anyone talks about "fake orgasms", let's talk about fake goods in locker auction shows, the editing of reality TV to change reactions, how news stations are fed lies by politicians and don't question them because it makes good copy.

Porn rarely fails to deliver. How many times have you paid money to see a film and it was garbage because of some writer's strike. Some unwatchable bit of dreck that stole money from you. How often have been disappointed by porn?


Porn disappoints even more often. Thankfully there are just piles and piles of it.
 
2014-06-19 03:44:34 PM  
Most porn is really, really boring.

There, I said it.
 
2014-06-19 03:48:55 PM  

Falin: Most porn is really, really boring sad.

There, I said it.

 
2014-06-19 03:59:36 PM  
Hodor.
 
2014-06-19 04:06:36 PM  
the brain has to shrink, at least for awhile, so your pecker can get that extra blood to erect.
 
2014-06-19 04:07:18 PM  

Falin: Most porn is really, really boring.

There, I said it.



true.

and most chicks are really really boring too.  in fact, most people are really really boring.
 
2014-06-19 04:18:59 PM  

Falin: Most porn is really, really boring.

There, I said it.


This is the result of desensitization.  You're never going to get your youth back where all sex is amazing and new.
 
2014-06-19 04:38:58 PM  

ikanreed: Falin: Most porn is really, really boring.

There, I said it.

This is the result of desensitization.  You're never going to get your youth back where all sex is amazing and new.


No, actual sex is still fantastic, even when it's totally vanilla.

Most porn is boring because it's fake and staged and it just doesn't look like the people involved are actually, you know, enjoying themselves. Maybe if they were better actors...

Plus, female porn stars nowadays look like they're made mostly of plastic.
 
2014-06-19 04:40:42 PM  

Falin: Most porn is boring because it's fake and staged and it just doesn't look like the people involved are actually, you know, enjoying themselves. Maybe if they were better actors...


You know regular human beings can make porn themselves, too right?
 
2014-06-19 04:41:55 PM  

ikanreed: Falin: Most porn is boring because it's fake and staged and it just doesn't look like the people involved are actually, you know, enjoying themselves. Maybe if they were better actors...

You know regular human beings can make porn themselves, too right?


Right. That's why I said MOST porn is boring, not all porn.
 
2014-06-19 04:54:43 PM  

ikanreed: dready zim: I must say the whole `I`m going to see what I can get you to do for money and degrade you as much as I can` thing is a bit psycho for me. And a bit sad. And not sexy.

The sexiest thing in porn is two people who are actually obviously enjoying what they are doing.

Some people are into dominance stuff.  It's not too different from there being porn with foot closeups all over the place: weird to the rest of us.


Oh god the foot twats. I`ve worked with girls of a certain type shall we say and the one thing they hate is not the guy who described his dick, or the guy who wants them to make noises. They can understand that. Sometimes it`s funny, like the guy who sent a picture of his dick and it looked just like a walnut whip. That brought great humour into the studio.

It`s the guy who wants them to show off their feet. They are not people and they come off like the "I`m going to get you to do stuff just to see if I can" type of guys. Makes them feel more dirty than a guy wanking while they make grunting noises...
 
2014-06-19 05:06:51 PM  
I just want to say, it didn`t just resemble a walnut whip. It looked EXACTLY like one (can you see the frenulum?)...

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2014-06-19 05:22:26 PM  

Falin: ikanreed: Falin: Most porn is really, really boring.

There, I said it.

This is the result of desensitization.  You're never going to get your youth back where all sex is amazing and new.

No, actual sex is still fantastic, even when it's totally vanilla.

Most porn is boring because it's fake and staged and it just doesn't look like the people involved are actually, you know, enjoying themselves. Maybe if they were better actors...

Plus, female porn stars nowadays look like they're made mostly of plastic.


The best way to experience porn with with a sginficant other.

They think you like it alot, watch it with you, then because they think you are getting turned on they get turned on, when really you are turned on because THEY are turned on.

Circle of awesome.
 
2014-06-19 05:32:24 PM  

ikanreed: Falin: Most porn is boring because it's fake and staged and it just doesn't look like the people involved are actually, you know, enjoying themselves. Maybe if they were better actors...

You know regular human beings can  make porn themselves, too right? just have sex?

 
2014-06-19 06:07:42 PM  
Summary: It doesn't shrink your brain, you just happen already to have a small brain.
 
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