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4 Reasons Every Student Should Quit Porn For Good

Porn: 4 Reasons Every Student Should Quit For Good

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I recently came across a thread on the internet. On it was a 17 years old teenage boy crying for help. According to him, he had been watching pornography from the young age of 12, and now he feels hooked. He has recognized what porn is doing to him. He says he finds it difficult to concentrate in class, has lost his discipline and his will to study and his grades are suffering for it. On the thread were different people offering him advice on how to quit. I felt sorry for him.

Then I thought, there might actually be more persons needing help with this kind of issue, but whom, because of fear of stigmatization or some other social characterization are afraid to seek it. There are a lot of students for whom pornography has become a way of life, what with high speed internet and smart mobile devices putting it at the tip of their fingers.

For some of these students, porn has become an addiction. Some times, in order to quit a bad habit, it is usually a good practice to talk about how that bad habit negatively impacts a person’s life. The paragraphs that follow are my efforts to elucidate pornography and how it affects a student’s academics and life generally, and I hope they’re enough to dissuade you every time you think about watching porn.

1. Loss of Attention And Focus

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Watching pornographic content causes some powerful brain reactions. First, porn completely absorbs all of your attention and focus. Anything else going on in your life (like that important biology test) is forgotten, and porn takes center stage. Second, porn consumption stimulates impulsive and ‘restless’ behaviors, such as sexual (mis)conduct, but not attention-demanding behaviors, such as studying or doing homework.

Basically, consuming pornographic content makes it difficult to focus and do the things that an average student would normally do. Student activities like studying, attending classes, or even completing homework seem really boring compared to the arousal caused by pornography.

What happens when you’re not able to focus on doing the most important activities expected of any student? Your guess is as good as mine.

2. Porn Leads to Addiction

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Porn has the potential to become addictive. By so doing, it’ll take up more and more of your time and energy. Time and energy that would’ve been used for other more productive and value-adding venture.

Pornography and other behavioral addictions, like gambling does not bring any new chemicals or substances into the body that weren’t already there, like in the case of substance abuse. But, watching porn initiates strikingly similar processes inside the brain like substance addictions, and that’s what makes it potentially addictive. It hijacks the brain’s reward pathways. That’s what every addictive substance and habit does.

When porn enters the brain through your eyes, it triggers the “reward center” to start pumping out dopamine, which sets off a cascade of chemicals including a protein called DeltaFosB. DeltaFosB’s regular job is to build new nerve pathways to mentally connect what someone is doing (in this case, watching porn) to the pleasure he or she feels. Those strong new memories out-compete other connections in the brain, making it easier and easier to return to porn. Thereby leading to addiction.

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3. Porn Can Cause Emotional Problems

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It is enough that a lot of students are anxious and experiencing depression today; but did you know that developing a porn habit can make these issues even worse? Because students who watch porn desire to keep their habit a secret, their relationships ultimately suffer, leaving them lonely and vulnerable to having other emotional issues.

Studies show that people who watch porn also commonly develop low self-esteem, insecurity and body-image issues. Pornography may seem like an escape from such emotional difficulties, but in reality, it will only make them that much worse.

4. Porn Hurts Your Relationships

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Talking about relationships, porn can also have a negative impact on your relationships. As humans, we are wired to have relationships and build connections with other people in real life. Pornography provides us with fake and temporary feeling of intimacy. Humans need the social interaction and sense of community that we’re wired for, not the fake feeling of intimacy that porn provides.

The more students become involved in porn, the more they start missing out on building those connections. Students may start to pull away from their course mates, friends and family, eventually feeling even more disconnected than ever before.

Is Porn Really Worth It?

Granted, life in the university can be pretty crazy sometimes – you have to balance course responsibilities, planning for your future, having a social life, and on top of that, trying to pass your classes. Added to all of that stress, there are tests, group projects, and exams to keep you up at night. Needless to say, most of your time in the university is spent trying to survive.

With university being so busy and stressful, a lot of students consume porn as a chance to escape. Getting lost in a world of sexual fantasy, even if just for a few minutes, is a common release for many students.

But there are plenty of healthy things you can do that can be a great way to get out some stress, whether it is reading, exercise, engaging in sports, or just hanging out with some good friends.

Read: 6 Amazing Tips For A Healthy Brain

Watching porn has never been worth it, and can never be.

Quit porn for good. It’ll ruin your chances of academic success and ultimately, your life. Maybe you don’t watch porn (oh! Thank the Heavens for you), but you know someone who does, you can help spread the word about the dangers of porn. Use any of the share buttons below 👇 to share this article with them.


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