However, new research could make you feel a little uneasy next time you shut the curtains and fire up the ol’ laptop.

Neuroscience PhD student and researcher at Canada’s Université Laval, Rachel Anne Barr, studies how porn consumption affects learning and memory. And her findings may well result in a few gulps amongst enthusiastic porn connoisseurs.

Writing about her research in The Conversation, Barr said:

It’s somewhat paradoxical that adult entertainment may revert our brain wiring to a more juvenile state,

The much greater irony is that while porn promises to satisfy and provide sexual gratification, it delivers the opposite.

Porn watching rewires brain to a more juvenile state
As explained by Barr, some scientists have noted comparisons with substance abuse.

She continued:

Science is only just beginning to reveal the neurological repercussions of porn consumption.

It is already clear that the mental health and sex lives of its widespread audience are suffering catastrophic effects,

From depression to erectile dysfunction, porn appears to be hijacking our neural wiring with dire consequences.

Interestingly, Barr’s study found habitual porn users may well feel as if they want and need more porn, even if they don’t actually enjoy it, which Barr describes as ‘a hallmark feature of reward circuitry dysregulation’.

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