Pornography has never been more prevalent than it is today. According to the Alexa Top 500 Global Sites list, several porn-based websites crack the top 100, ahead of massive websites such as BBC, ESPN, and Buzzfeed.

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Aside from being more easily and freely accessible than ever before, what is it that seems to have so many of us addicted to pornography? And more importantly, what potential impact does this addiction have our sexual lives? Here are 5 ways that I believe watching porn can negatively impact your sex life:

Related CE Article: The Science Of Pornography Addiction & What It Can Do To Your Brain.

1. Watching Porn Triggers A Chemical Release

Many of us have been exposed to the idea that certain activities trigger chemical releases in our brains that feel like rewards or highs; porn does this on two levels.

First, the repeated watching of porn triggers a response similar to a drug addict’s high, and secondly, sitting in front of your device for hours on end does the same thing – it’s why people are so glued to their devices.

So the first thing watching porn does is create a sexual stimulation response that you cannot replicate in normal sex, and the second is that it creates feelings of dissatisfaction when you don’t have that feel-good chemical release in the mix.

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2. You Choose The Timing

When you engage in activities like watching porn and masturbating alone, it’s always initiated when you want it, when you’re highly turned on.

In the real world, in a relationship with somebody else, sex requires compromise: sometimes you’re in the mood, and sometimes you’re not.

3. It’s Less Effort

You don’t actually have to do all the huffing and puffing when you watch porn – but you still get to feel like you had porn star sex.

Also, the sexual engagement when you’re watching porn on your own lasts exactly as long as you want it to – you start when you feel horny and you stop when you don’t. No compromise is required.

4. Visual Processing

When you watch a lot of porn, all the stimulation happens on the level of visual processing, and the only touch stimulation you experience is from your own hands.

Over time what this does is desensitize you to associating touch with sex, so you never feel the feelings that naturally lead to sex. As a result, those feelings can’t turn you on when you’re near your partner. You also become less likely to enjoy being stimulated by touch.

5. It’s Private

When your sexual activities are alone with porn, sex becomes a habit of being a private act – it’s almost like you’re in a secret relationship with yourself.

By simply having sex with someone else, it can also feel like you’re cheating as well.


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