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The Brain – Fight the New Drug

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Weighing in at only around 3 pounds, it’s amazing how much this one organ is capable of in our bodies! The brain uses 20% of the bodies energy and contains 100 billion nerve cells! There are over 1 trillion supporting cells and each brain cell can contain up to 10,000 connections with other cells! WOW!!! That’s alot of work being done — processing, developing, & creating every second of every day!

It stands to reason that when the brain is exposed to sexual images seen in pornography and other hardcore outlets, it literally explodes to create new neural pathways. The brain’s structure can even change according to the material it’s being fed.

Fight the New Drug is an organization that’s been around for several years spreading awareness about the harmful effects of pornography and offering solutions & resources to help fight back! And while it’s not a Christian organization in nature, the research & imprint they’re making on the culture is amazing! They released a video in the last year or so detailing how the brain reacts to sexually hardcore images.

Please take a few seconds to watch!

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Porn and Mental Health: 10 Facts from the Experts

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Is porn use associated with greater mental health or the opposite? Here are 10 facts from the experts.

1. Multiple studies have shown that frequently viewing porn is correlated with more casual sexual partners, sex with friends, and sex at an earlier age. 1 2 3 4

2. According to a study of college-age men, the more men watch pornography, the more likely they are to have lower self esteem. 5

3. According to a study among adolescents, porn use is frequently associated with cheating on one’s girlfriend. 6

4. According to a study of Dutch adolescents, exposure to sexually explicit movies online is significantly correlated with the belief that women are sex objects. 7

5. According to another study in the Journal of Sex Research, the more frequent someone’s porn use is, the less satisfied they tend to be with sex and human relationships. 8

6. According to a study at the University of Sydney of 800 regular porn users, 20% said they prefer porn over sex with a partner. 9

7. According to a study published in the Journal of Sex Research, just as it is with those who have substance dependencies, porn use was shown to interfere with someone’s working memory capacity. 10

8. According to a study published in the journal Human Brain Mapping, when men view porn the regions of the brain called the thalamus and hypothalamus are significantly activated. These are the regions responsible for some of our core drives like food, water, and sex. This means when men view porn, it doesn’t register to them as something they just desire. Their brain experiences it as a survival need. 11

9. According to a study of youth ages 10 to 17, there’s a significant correlation between watching porn and feelings of loneliness and major depression. 12

10. According to a study of adolescents from Israel, boys who viewed more porn were less likely to have pro-social attitudes, meaning they were less likely to desire or actually be involved in behaviors that benefited society as a whole. 13

The evidence is clear. Consuming porn is associated with all kinds of mental health concerns. We deserve better as a society. Our kids deserve better. The women in our lives deserve better.

As commonplace as porn use is today, if porn made us healthier, we would be healthy by now.

Source: Covenant Eyes

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170: The Power of Our Thoughts

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THIS WEEK: The Power of Our Thoughts • Where Does Your Peace Come From? • Purity Tip: Journaling What’s Inside

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168: The Pornified Brain

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THIS WEEK: 3 Traits of True Repentance • Should Christians Watch Game of Thrones? • Purity Tip: Use Social Media Wisely • Dr. Bill Struthers & Porn’s Impact on the Brain