Internet Porn Causes Memory Loss

memory-lossWatching porn causes temporary memory loss in men. Sexual arousal in internet sex interferes with working memory capacity, causing men to not pay attention to their environment and make poor decisions.

In a study of 28 men, those who viewed pornographic images had difficulty completing short-term memory tasks that are important for understanding, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. They had a greater number of incorrect answers than the men who viewed non-pornographic images.

Interestingly enough, the interference with working memory is closely related to substance dependencies, which could help explain the underlying causes of internet sex addition. Addiction neuroscientists have repeatedly shown that internet porn addition produces lasting memory and concentration problems in some users. Neuroscientists have recently isolated addition-related brain changes that could account for cognitive impairment, such as decreased gray mater in the frontal cortex (where higher level reasoning and logic reside in the brain). Brain studies show that internet addicts suffer from impaired inhibitory control and increased impassivity.

So despite Scarlett Johansson‘s encouragement to watch porn, consider skipping it before a major test.

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