This Is Your Brain On Internet Porn — And It Is Definitely Not A Pretty Picture [Video]

While pornography, thanks to the internet, is more popular than ever — with almost 80 percent of Americans admitting to viewing online porn at least once per month — the old arguments against porn consumption have given way to new, more scientific reasons why watching porn may not be good for you.

This video by our friends at BuzzFeed, for whom internet porn exists for research purposes only, have assembled this informative video summarizing some recent theories and findings about the effect of porn on the human brain, specifically, on the human male brain.

We’re not talking about moral arguments here. This video won’t tell you that watching porn is sinful, or even sexist and degrading to women. No, this video explores the nitty-gritty scientific reasons why porn could very well be bad for your health, particularly if you’re the type of person who would like a healthy romantic relationship one of these days.

Most of the info in the BuzzFeed video comes from the recent book, Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction by Gary Wilson. The theme of the book is stated on Wilson’s online site, “Evolution has not prepared your brain for today’s Internet porn.”

In addition to studies showing physical changes in the brain related to repeated viewing of pornographic images, perhaps the most alarming finding — albeit a controversial one — is that habitual porn viewing can be a cause of erectile dysfunction in otherwise healthy young men.

The inability to achieve or maintain an erection is generally associated with aging, as the male body produces lower levels of testosterone, and is subject to diseases such as diabetes that can cause erectile dysfunction. But men under 30 have been reporting increased incidences of erectile dysfunction, and some scientists believe this disturbing trend is directly related to increased consumption of porn, thanks to its easy availability online.

That conclusion is by no means universally accepted. Even though the studies do show higher percentages of erectile difficulties in young men, other researchers note that no study has yet shown any evidence of an ED link to porn.

Watch this BuzzFeed video — which is not pornographic at all, though it does contain some frank language — and decide for yourself. Is internet porn a health hazard?