Does eating a lot of porn make you addicted?

Just as the consumption of alcohol, cocaine or tobacco can lead to a picture of addiction to these substances, many people believe that if a lot of pornography is consumed, especially now that we can have all kinds of videos and photographs thanks to the internet, we will be promoting an addiction to sex or pornography itself.

But How much is true about it? Can the abundance of pornographic inputs really cause us to need more and more encouragement to get us excited?

That explains Pere Estupinyà in his book S = EX2 is that, as with sports and other activities, sex will rarely lead to physical dependence or addiction, but rather a habit that can evolve into a habit, perhaps even an obsession.

But sex does not release the same amount of dopamine as the substances that cause addiction, such as those mentioned above:

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The basic model of addiction neuroscience is as follows: consuming alcohol, cocaine or tobacco increases the amount of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens in different ways, the pleasure-reward center located in the limbic system of the brain. This dopamine is what generates the feeling of well-being, euphoria and motivation. But if the practice is repeated frequently, the nucleus accumbens neurons "get used" to these unusually high levels of dopamine and synthesize more dopamine receptors in the synaptic area.

Consequently, if there are no previous physical, mental or psychological problems, practicing or consuming a lot of sex does not generate addiction.

And when there are previous problems that cause an obsessive and compulsive search for rewards, sex is usually the consequence and not the cause. In fact, in the scientific literature you can find cases of sex addicts who are also shopping, gambling or who have obsessions such as hand washing compulsively.

In any case, although easy access to online pornography is generalizing the consumption of daily sex through the internet, this hypersexuality is not necessarily pathological, provided there is no lack of control over it.

According to experts, it is a particularly delicate problem because the ease of access and increasing social isolation make it very easy to enter a spiral of constant deterioration. Several studies indicate that the cases in which watching porn online goes from being a routine to being an obsession are drastically increasing. However, experts also say that it is usually not so difficult to break this cycle and find activities that replace this dependence with cognitive and behavioral therapy, and in very few cases it is necessary to resort to pharmacological treatments that reduce desire.

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