TikTok therapist warns: watching too much porn will mess up your brain

United Kingdom - The collective isolation and boredom of life in lockdown has yielded historically high profits for the porn industry during the pandemic year. As porn site traffic continues to spike, a therapist has warned people that watching too much is dangerous and make it harder for people to enjoy sex in real life.

Paul Sheppard warns social media users about the dangers of watching too much porn (collage).
Paul Sheppard warns social media users about the dangers of watching too much porn (collage).  © tiktok.com/@themindsetcoachuk

Paul Sheppard is a mindset coach and anxiety specialist, according to his website. He has been studying human behavior for 20 years and wants to help people lead "positive" lives.

On TikTok, the coach has now gone viral for sharing an unpopular message during times of social distancing, quarantines, and lockdowns:

"Porn can f*** up your brain and life," he said to introduce his video.

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"Too much porn can mean that your brain begins to rewire itself so that you prefer porn instead of having sex with a real person," he continued.

Turning to the easily available sex content has often been linked to "performance anxiety, erectile dysfunction, sexual inadequacy and also body image negativity," he added.

He then explains that porn becomes extremely addictive for some people because it works as a "super stimulant," which boosts dopamine to "unnaturally high" levels.

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The quick dopamine boost makes other things around the porn-addicted person seem less desirable, he explained.

"The only way you can get that really good feeling is to go back to porn."

Paul tells people to look out for symptoms like brain fog, confusion, tiredness, and impatience.

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His video has amassed nearly 300,000 views over 11,300 likes within a week.

He also gave advice on how to reverse the effects of too much porn in a follow up to his first video: "Reboot and rewire your brain by abstaining completely and do something else instead." Exercising and finding ways to relax would also help, he added.

Paul is not the first one to warn about the consequences of too much porn-watching. Over the past decade, studies have linked pornography to sexual dysfunction such as problems with arousal, attraction, and performance.

However, the jury is out on whether porn is inherently detrimental. Some recent studies have contradicted claims that porn negatively impacts sexual satisfaction and mental health, saying there was no evidence that porn use causes erectile dysfunction.

Others claimed that porn even fosters open-mindedness when it comes to sexuality.

Cover photo: tiktok.com/@themindsetcoachuk

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