How porn use can affect focus and memory for adolescents & grown ups

Are you curious about how it would impact your life if you would stop watching porn?

You might be a concerned partner who want to learn more.

Among those who recover from porn addiction a vast majority describe having these positive effects:

  • Experiencing clearer thinking.
  • Improved memory
  • Better focus and concentration
  • Like a fog lifted from the mind

Frequent porn use effect on adolescent academic performance

This study Early adolescent boys’ exposure to Internet pornography: Relationships to pubertal timing, sensation seeking, and academic performance

Clearly show the correlation between porn use and decreased academic performance.

After six months the study had shown that adolescent boys grades had significant drop after exposure to internet porn.

It happens gradually as consumption start to highjack the natural reward system in more and more significant ways.

Our natural rewards system is very sensitive to dopamine for natural and good survival reasons, adolescents however have a reward system twice to four times more sensitive than that of an adult. Making them extremely sensitive to dopamine hits.

Gradually the dopamine hits from watching internet porn becomes increasingly important and other things put on the backburner such as studies and daily activities.   

Resulting in a unintended interested and focus on studies and academic achievements.

Frequent porn use effect on how we see people

Frequent porn use effects how we see other people as covered in this article. In time frequent porn use leads to compulsive objectification and dehumanization of people.

Gradually and slowly the way we look at people change and becomes warped.

Without thinking and without wanting to, everyone is objectified. It is very hard to control and creates strong feelings of shame and guilt.

  Frequent porn use effect on memory

The following study:  Pornographic picture processing interferes with working memory performance

Show a correlation between exposure to pornographic material and decreased working memory.

The purpose of this specific type of memory is to keep information stored about how to perform a task or while dealing with a challenge.

The working memory is like our brains search engine.

For example, when you are faced with a mathematical problem, the working memory is used to “pull out” the relevant stored knowledge about this specific math problem.

Another example would be performing a task at work like a monthly finance report, or the mandatory 100 hours complete service of helicopters. Your mental search engine the working memory will pull out the knowledge you possess about these tasks in order for you to complete them in proper manner.

Other important functions of the working memory include:

  • Order letters while reading
  • Keep focus on goals
  • Resist distractions

When frequently exposed to pornographic material the working memory diminishes.

Memory training increase impulse control & decreases interest in addictive behavior

Another amazing and consistent finding of the research is that not only will frequent porn use and other addictive habits like alcohol diminish the working memory, but it also shows that training and working to improve the working memory actually lead to a decreased interest in the addictive behavior.

This was also put to the test over a one-month period of time with alcoholics. For one-month alcoholics underwent training of their working memory.

Not only did they show scores of better working memory but also a DECREASED intake of and interest in alcohol.

Maintaining and working to improve the working memory seams to greatly improve impulse control and ease the process of recovering from addiction.

There is an effective way of improving working memory while:

  • Challenging yourself
  • Socialize
  • Relieve stress
  • Bond with family
  • Embrace personal time
  • Tap into your spirituality
  • Learn new skills

All of the above and much more is linked to pursuing a hobby.

The personal benefits of a continuous pursue of a hobby are so profound and fulfilling and widely overlooked, addiction aside.

We covered the importance of hobbies while recovering from addiction in there article here.

The consequences and effects on the brain is reversible and will start to reverse back to normal when the addictive behaviour stop for good.

Undisputed PRN Recovery and Twin Rivers Rehab offer unique recovery options that ensures long term sustained results for people that want to end their addiction to porn.

Whether you are a busy person that need to work your recovery from home by video sessions or are in need of residential treatment followed by aftercare we provide the solution for you to quit porn for good.

Your comeback story is our passion.

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