Watching Too Much Porn May Shrink Your Brain

MichaelKolander by MichaelKolander on May. 30, 2014

Sometimes, it's still worth the risk.

I've got some bad news for those of you who watch a lot of porn (which I assume is all of you). Scientists in Germany are claiming that males who view adult content excessively "tend to have less volume and activity in regions of the brain linked to rewards and motivation." In other words, porn may cause "shrinkage" in your brain. That's better than the other kind of shrinkage, but still not good.

“We found that the volume of the so-called striatum, a brain region that has been associated with reward processing and motivated behavior was smaller the more pornography consumption the participants reported,” said Simone Kühn, the study’s lead author from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Kühn also found the area of the brain associated with behavior and decision making worsened with increased porn watching.

While this is horrible news for men everywhere, there are at least two caveats that will allow you to rationalize away these fears and continue with your deviant behavior.

A typical German pornstar.

First off, German porn is really, really weird. Unless the study accounted for that fact, which there's no indication it did, I imagine the results were skewed.

Second, while men who watch porn tend to have a smaller striatum, the study cannot prove that porn is to blame. In fact, it may be possible that the smaller striatum is actually what's causing certain men to watch more porn, rather than the other way around.

“It is possible that there are individuals with a certain kind of brain that are more susceptible to these kinds of behaviors,” said Dr. Gregory Tau of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. “Or, it’s possible it’s the excessive use (of porn) that’s perpetuating itself to causing brain changes. Or, it could be both.”

Sorry honey, my striatum is just too damn small.

While we don't know for certain that porn is to blame, Break still recommends you quit watching adult videos altogether. Instead, spend your time viewing girls hitting each other with shovels. It's a much healthier outlet.

And just in case the study didn't scare you, this TED Talk on the subject might push you over the edge.

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Sorry to ruin your weekend plans. (Source)

7 comments
Sunblock5000
Sunblock5000 User

Misleading title. There is nothing here to suggest that watching porn shrinks your brain. You can't infer cause and effect with correlation. And we already knew watching porn makes you lazy and sleepy.

eldystar
eldystar User

and we tend to watch break video's and read their stupid articles so what.

cloud99
cloud99 User

I totally agree.