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10/9/2014 5:36:05 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Something you ought to know about me is that i am an ex-porn addict i suppose. I got into it at a very age around 6-9 years old. It all started when i caught my brother involved in it and i got pretty mad and envied him because he could do things he hid from me. I looked up to him alot. Well i got pretty high amounts of it as a young person growing over the years and yes it's pretty much a drug that gets you high off of strong levels of dopamine, i'd end up feeling like crap and weak afterwards. I struggled with that satisfaction i got from porn.

It was not until i learned about the effects of it and started realizing it's fantasy from reality which made me stop. Porn distorts your perception of women and influences you to look at them like objects rather than people. Sex is so different from what is depicted from porn. It's all about communication, what both love doing, emotions, a connection between souls, it's all about giving to the other person not receiving only what you want.

Even though i quit, i still struggle with the images and urge to go back watching it at times. I'm slowly "recovering" from it. What are your thoughts?
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10/10/2014 4:28:51 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
This is interesting. I believe so children you should be able to see it in order to know your sexual orientation. But after marriage I think that it's not okay, because this could be considered a big middle figure to your partner.
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10/10/2014 7:59:28 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/10/2014 4:28:51 PM, lannan13 wrote:
This could be considered a big middle figure to your partner.

Not if they jerk off to it as well.
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10/10/2014 10:21:08 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/9/2014 5:36:05 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
Porn distorts your perception of women and influences you to look at them like objects rather than people.

I don't see why it has to.
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10/10/2014 11:02:05 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/10/2014 10:21:08 PM, dylancatlow wrote:
At 10/9/2014 5:36:05 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
Porn distorts your perception of women and influences you to look at them like objects rather than people.

I don't see why it has to.

I think that in some men, porn probably does reinforce male objectification of women. But, only to the extent that those individual men already objectified women. That means that porn is really just another avenue for a broader social problem, with the implication that solving the problem requires more than just having a hard-line stance on porn.

I saw today that the website "PornHub" (I think it was PornHub... not totally sure) has taken out an ad in NYC that has a picture of two hands making a heart and the ad more or less makes the case that all you need to be happy is your right hand and a computer screen. I had a political science professor in college tell me that if you wanted to see what a society valued, you look at its advertisements.

It was a pretty dark realization...

That said, I think that the emphasis that people put on how bad porn is for you is really hyperbolic. The science just isn't there to make the claims that they're making. It's not that the evidence they cite is inaccurate, it's that it doesn't show what most say it shows. And especially for certain populations, porn is a much healthier outlet than some alternatives.

So, I have neutral and mixed feelings.
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10/10/2014 11:31:58 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Harmful to people who view it? In a sense. Harmful to those involved in its production? Obviously.
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10/10/2014 11:36:12 PM
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10/10/2014 11:38:22 PM
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Serious note though, pornography is like everything else in life, it is what you make of it. If you are the kind of person who allows it to take control of you and your perceptions, then it will do exactly that. Just like drugs, just like liquor, just like everything.
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10/10/2014 11:45:47 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/10/2014 11:31:58 PM, socialpinko wrote:
Harmful to people who view it? In a sense. Harmful to those involved in its production? Obviously.

#judgmental
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10/11/2014 12:56:56 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/10/2014 11:45:47 PM, YYW wrote:
At 10/10/2014 11:31:58 PM, socialpinko wrote:
Harmful to people who view it? In a sense. Harmful to those involved in its production? Obviously.

#judgmental

Irony.
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10/11/2014 8:45:52 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/10/2014 4:28:51 PM, lannan13 wrote:
This is interesting. I believe so children you should be able to see it in order to know your sexual orientation. But after marriage I think that it's not okay, because this could be considered a big middle figure to your partner.

Yea, that's why i stopped. If it's just you watching it then it probably is harmless, but if you are planning to have a relationship then it's pretty harmful and there's alot of psychological problems which result after you get in a relationship and introduce porn. In sum, i thought "Why am i doing this? Hows my future wife going to react when she sees me like this? What about my kids? No, i'm not this kind of person, i don't need porn."
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10/11/2014 9:06:23 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/10/2014 10:21:08 PM, dylancatlow wrote:
At 10/9/2014 5:36:05 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
Porn distorts your perception of women and influences you to look at them like objects rather than people.

I don't see why it has to.

I'm not necessarily scapegoating porn, but why would you watch something in which you have to make a clear distinction between reality and fantasy? I went from liking average girls to preferring blondes with make-up and huge breasts, great waist, and etc. without me consciously realizing it. Because it's pleasing to you, that's going to be your image of an ideal woman when it's far from it. Your wife/girlfriend might also be upset and have low-self esteem because she fails to meet your expectations, affecting your sex life. There's also no emotion in porn which potentially distorts the real purpose of sex. For most of my life watching porn, it's really just a "chemical high." You live in a world that doesn't exist.
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10/11/2014 9:42:07 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Porn is certainly harmful, especially to your computer.

I have five keys on my keyboard that are stuck together and I have to press extra hard on them when I'm typing.
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10/11/2014 3:51:06 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/10/2014 11:31:58 PM, socialpinko wrote:
Harmful to people who view it? In a sense. Harmful to those involved in its production? Obviously.

Yea, abuse happens to porn stars during production and alot of editing, rehearsing is done to make sure to make sure it's done right. I realized that you are fantasizing about women whom aren't real and you will never get. They don't even acknowledge your existence.
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10/11/2014 3:59:53 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/10/2014 11:38:22 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
Serious note though, pornography is like everything else in life, it is what you make of it. If you are the kind of person who allows it to take control of you and your perceptions, then it will do exactly that. Just like drugs, just like liquor, just like everything.

Porn is dangerous and i dare say that it's probably more influential than music. There's a lot of psychological factors into watching it. The chemical rush might be momentarily, but over time, you'll start seeing long term effects. You might not consciously realize it, but it's there. The sexual positions and specific acts done in porn is overly exaggerated and dangerous if it were done in real life not to mention probably hurtful in more ways than one.
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10/11/2014 5:21:58 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/11/2014 3:59:53 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/10/2014 11:38:22 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
Serious note though, pornography is like everything else in life, it is what you make of it. If you are the kind of person who allows it to take control of you and your perceptions, then it will do exactly that. Just like drugs, just like liquor, just like everything.

Porn is dangerous and i dare say that it's probably more influential than music. There's a lot of psychological factors into watching it. The chemical rush might be momentarily, but over time, you'll start seeing long term effects. You might not consciously realize it, but it's there. The sexual positions and specific acts done in porn is overly exaggerated and dangerous if it were done in real life not to mention probably hurtful in more ways than one.

Like I said, it is whatever you let it become to you.
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10/11/2014 5:24:10 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/11/2014 5:21:58 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 3:59:53 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/10/2014 11:38:22 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
Serious note though, pornography is like everything else in life, it is what you make of it. If you are the kind of person who allows it to take control of you and your perceptions, then it will do exactly that. Just like drugs, just like liquor, just like everything.

Porn is dangerous and i dare say that it's probably more influential than music. There's a lot of psychological factors into watching it. The chemical rush might be momentarily, but over time, you'll start seeing long term effects. You might not consciously realize it, but it's there. The sexual positions and specific acts done in porn is overly exaggerated and dangerous if it were done in real life not to mention probably hurtful in more ways than one.

Like I said, it is whatever you let it become to you.

I just don't see how it can be a benefit for people in relationships.
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10/11/2014 6:49:17 PM
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At 10/11/2014 9:42:07 AM, Defro wrote:
Porn is certainly harmful, especially to your computer.

I have five keys on my keyboard that are stuck together and I have to press extra hard on them when I'm typing.

Really? It's the screen for me. o3o
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10/11/2014 9:54:38 PM
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At 10/10/2014 11:45:47 PM, YYW wrote:
At 10/10/2014 11:31:58 PM, socialpinko wrote:
Harmful to people who view it? In a sense. Harmful to those involved in its production? Obviously.

#judgmental

Always.
: At 9/29/2014 10:55:59 AM, imabench wrote:
: : At 9/29/2014 9:43:46 AM, kbub wrote:
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: I disagree.
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10/11/2014 9:56:59 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/11/2014 3:51:06 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/10/2014 11:31:58 PM, socialpinko wrote:
Harmful to people who view it? In a sense. Harmful to those involved in its production? Obviously.

Yea, abuse happens to porn stars during production and alot of editing, rehearsing is done to make sure to make sure it's done right.

I've read several accounts by ex-pornstars in which they claim that their male counterparts repeatedly committed acts which were not agreed to beforehand.

I realized that you are fantasizing about women whom aren't real and you will never get. They don't even acknowledge your existence.

That's not really the harmful part of this. The fact is that female pornstars in many instances are going through trauma throughout their careers. I haven't really looked into the abuses, if any, in gay porn but I'm guessing they're there as well.
: At 9/29/2014 10:55:59 AM, imabench wrote:
: : At 9/29/2014 9:43:46 AM, kbub wrote:
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: : DDO should discredit support of sexual violence at any time and in every way.
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10/11/2014 10:17:52 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/11/2014 5:24:10 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/11/2014 5:21:58 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 3:59:53 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/10/2014 11:38:22 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
Serious note though, pornography is like everything else in life, it is what you make of it. If you are the kind of person who allows it to take control of you and your perceptions, then it will do exactly that. Just like drugs, just like liquor, just like everything.

Porn is dangerous and i dare say that it's probably more influential than music. There's a lot of psychological factors into watching it. The chemical rush might be momentarily, but over time, you'll start seeing long term effects. You might not consciously realize it, but it's there. The sexual positions and specific acts done in porn is overly exaggerated and dangerous if it were done in real life not to mention probably hurtful in more ways than one.

Like I said, it is whatever you let it become to you.

I just don't see how it can be a benefit for people in relationships.

Some couples enjoy sensual videos together, on occasion.

My point is that one can never deal in absolutes, only a Sith does that. Porn can be harmful for an addict, yes. But just because some people get addicted and let it ruin their lives does not mean that it will happen to everyone. Porn in moderation has no negative psychological or social effects, and I say this from a scientific perspective. A lot of the people saying otherwise have religious motives in their assessments.
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10/11/2014 10:35:11 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/11/2014 9:56:59 PM, socialpinko wrote:
At 10/11/2014 3:51:06 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/10/2014 11:31:58 PM, socialpinko wrote:
Harmful to people who view it? In a sense. Harmful to those involved in its production? Obviously.

Yea, abuse happens to porn stars during production and alot of editing, rehearsing is done to make sure to make sure it's done right.

I've read several accounts by ex-pornstars in which they claim that their male counterparts repeatedly committed acts which were not agreed to beforehand.

I realized that you are fantasizing about women whom aren't real and you will never get. They don't even acknowledge your existence.

That's not really the harmful part of this. The fact is that female pornstars in many instances are going through trauma throughout their careers. I haven't really looked into the abuses, if any, in gay porn but I'm guessing they're there as well.

Yeah, I noticed that about porn stars. There's more to them than you see on camera. They all have a backstory and porn gives a false impression that the women are ok when they are not. I looked at some of the abuses happening behind the scenes and it's shocking and disgusting at how badly porn stars are treated that I lost all attraction to porn. I can't look at women clearly faking it when they are going through trauma, suicidal thoughts, low self esteem, etc. Sex is not about pure physical acts. As a matter of fact, If I had a girl, I would not have sex until I see to it that her emotional needs are met first. You should not have sex while ignoring the other person's problems, to me that's not only neglect, but lust.
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10/11/2014 10:42:23 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/11/2014 10:17:52 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 5:24:10 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/11/2014 5:21:58 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 3:59:53 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/10/2014 11:38:22 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
Serious note though, pornography is like everything else in life, it is what you make of it. If you are the kind of person who allows it to take control of you and your perceptions, then it will do exactly that. Just like drugs, just like liquor, just like everything.

Porn is dangerous and i dare say that it's probably more influential than music. There's a lot of psychological factors into watching it. The chemical rush might be momentarily, but over time, you'll start seeing long term effects. You might not consciously realize it, but it's there. The sexual positions and specific acts done in porn is overly exaggerated and dangerous if it were done in real life not to mention probably hurtful in more ways than one.

Like I said, it is whatever you let it become to you.

I just don't see how it can be a benefit for people in relationships.

Some couples enjoy sensual videos together, on occasion.

My point is that one can never deal in absolutes, only a Sith does that. Porn can be harmful for an addict, yes. But just because some people get addicted and let it ruin their lives does not mean that it will happen to everyone. Porn in moderation has no negative psychological or social effects, and I say this from a scientific perspective. A lot of the people saying otherwise have religious motives in their assessments.

Well I'm not necessarily doing it for religious motives, I simply hear studies from all sides of the issue, so I wanted to get some insight. Porn might not have negative side effects to people in the moment of watching it, but what about during a long period of time? I would think It desensitizes you to sex.
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10/11/2014 10:46:03 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/11/2014 10:35:11 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/11/2014 9:56:59 PM, socialpinko wrote:
At 10/11/2014 3:51:06 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/10/2014 11:31:58 PM, socialpinko wrote:
Harmful to people who view it? In a sense. Harmful to those involved in its production? Obviously.

Yea, abuse happens to porn stars during production and alot of editing, rehearsing is done to make sure to make sure it's done right.

I've read several accounts by ex-pornstars in which they claim that their male counterparts repeatedly committed acts which were not agreed to beforehand.

I realized that you are fantasizing about women whom aren't real and you will never get. They don't even acknowledge your existence.

That's not really the harmful part of this. The fact is that female pornstars in many instances are going through trauma throughout their careers. I haven't really looked into the abuses, if any, in gay porn but I'm guessing they're there as well.

Yeah, I noticed that about porn stars. There's more to them than you see on camera. They all have a backstory and porn gives a false impression that the women are ok when they are not. I looked at some of the abuses happening behind the scenes and it's shocking and disgusting at how badly porn stars are treated that I lost all attraction to porn. I can't look at women clearly faking it when they are going through trauma, suicidal thoughts, low self esteem, etc. Sex is not about pure physical acts. As a matter of fact, If I had a girl, I would not have sex until I see to it that her emotional needs are met first. You should not have sex while ignoring the other person's problems, to me that's not only neglect, but lust.

Yeah it's fccked up
: At 9/29/2014 10:55:59 AM, imabench wrote:
: : At 9/29/2014 9:43:46 AM, kbub wrote:
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: : DDO should discredit support of sexual violence at any time and in every way.
:
: I disagree.
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10/11/2014 10:54:33 PM
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At 10/11/2014 10:42:23 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/11/2014 10:17:52 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 5:24:10 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/11/2014 5:21:58 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 3:59:53 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/10/2014 11:38:22 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
Serious note though, pornography is like everything else in life, it is what you make of it. If you are the kind of person who allows it to take control of you and your perceptions, then it will do exactly that. Just like drugs, just like liquor, just like everything.

Porn is dangerous and i dare say that it's probably more influential than music. There's a lot of psychological factors into watching it. The chemical rush might be momentarily, but over time, you'll start seeing long term effects. You might not consciously realize it, but it's there. The sexual positions and specific acts done in porn is overly exaggerated and dangerous if it were done in real life not to mention probably hurtful in more ways than one.

Like I said, it is whatever you let it become to you.

I just don't see how it can be a benefit for people in relationships.

Some couples enjoy sensual videos together, on occasion.

My point is that one can never deal in absolutes, only a Sith does that. Porn can be harmful for an addict, yes. But just because some people get addicted and let it ruin their lives does not mean that it will happen to everyone. Porn in moderation has no negative psychological or social effects, and I say this from a scientific perspective. A lot of the people saying otherwise have religious motives in their assessments.

Well I'm not necessarily doing it for religious motives, I simply hear studies from all sides of the issue, so I wanted to get some insight. Porn might not have negative side effects to people in the moment of watching it, but what about during a long period of time? I would think It desensitizes you to sex.

Yes, constant overexposure to it over long periods of time will result in negative psychological effects. But to to put that into perspective, the same is true with all things.
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10/11/2014 10:58:08 PM
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At 10/11/2014 10:54:33 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 10:42:23 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/11/2014 10:17:52 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 5:24:10 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/11/2014 5:21:58 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 3:59:53 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/10/2014 11:38:22 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
Serious note though, pornography is like everything else in life, it is what you make of it. If you are the kind of person who allows it to take control of you and your perceptions, then it will do exactly that. Just like drugs, just like liquor, just like everything.

Porn is dangerous and i dare say that it's probably more influential than music. There's a lot of psychological factors into watching it. The chemical rush might be momentarily, but over time, you'll start seeing long term effects. You might not consciously realize it, but it's there. The sexual positions and specific acts done in porn is overly exaggerated and dangerous if it were done in real life not to mention probably hurtful in more ways than one.

Like I said, it is whatever you let it become to you.

I just don't see how it can be a benefit for people in relationships.

Some couples enjoy sensual videos together, on occasion.

My point is that one can never deal in absolutes, only a Sith does that. Porn can be harmful for an addict, yes. But just because some people get addicted and let it ruin their lives does not mean that it will happen to everyone. Porn in moderation has no negative psychological or social effects, and I say this from a scientific perspective. A lot of the people saying otherwise have religious motives in their assessments.

Well I'm not necessarily doing it for religious motives, I simply hear studies from all sides of the issue, so I wanted to get some insight. Porn might not have negative side effects to people in the moment of watching it, but what about during a long period of time? I would think It desensitizes you to sex.

Yes, constant overexposure to it over long periods of time will result in negative psychological effects. But to to put that into perspective, the same is true with all things.

You're right, and I think that's something that people don't emphasize enough.
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10/11/2014 11:02:14 PM
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At 10/11/2014 10:58:08 PM, YYW wrote:
At 10/11/2014 10:54:33 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 10:42:23 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/11/2014 10:17:52 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 5:24:10 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/11/2014 5:21:58 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 3:59:53 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/10/2014 11:38:22 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
Serious note though, pornography is like everything else in life, it is what you make of it. If you are the kind of person who allows it to take control of you and your perceptions, then it will do exactly that. Just like drugs, just like liquor, just like everything.

Porn is dangerous and i dare say that it's probably more influential than music. There's a lot of psychological factors into watching it. The chemical rush might be momentarily, but over time, you'll start seeing long term effects. You might not consciously realize it, but it's there. The sexual positions and specific acts done in porn is overly exaggerated and dangerous if it were done in real life not to mention probably hurtful in more ways than one.

Like I said, it is whatever you let it become to you.

I just don't see how it can be a benefit for people in relationships.

Some couples enjoy sensual videos together, on occasion.

My point is that one can never deal in absolutes, only a Sith does that. Porn can be harmful for an addict, yes. But just because some people get addicted and let it ruin their lives does not mean that it will happen to everyone. Porn in moderation has no negative psychological or social effects, and I say this from a scientific perspective. A lot of the people saying otherwise have religious motives in their assessments.

Well I'm not necessarily doing it for religious motives, I simply hear studies from all sides of the issue, so I wanted to get some insight. Porn might not have negative side effects to people in the moment of watching it, but what about during a long period of time? I would think It desensitizes you to sex.

Yes, constant overexposure to it over long periods of time will result in negative psychological effects. But to to put that into perspective, the same is true with all things.

You're right, and I think that's something that people don't emphasize enough.

Sorry, I dont follow. Are you advocating more emphasis on the effects of long-term overexposure to pornography, or more emphasis on the context surrounding those statistics?
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10/11/2014 11:05:21 PM
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At 10/11/2014 11:02:14 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 10:58:08 PM, YYW wrote:
At 10/11/2014 10:54:33 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 10:42:23 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/11/2014 10:17:52 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 5:24:10 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/11/2014 5:21:58 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
At 10/11/2014 3:59:53 PM, Truth_seeker wrote:
At 10/10/2014 11:38:22 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
Serious note though, pornography is like everything else in life, it is what you make of it. If you are the kind of person who allows it to take control of you and your perceptions, then it will do exactly that. Just like drugs, just like liquor, just like everything.

Porn is dangerous and i dare say that it's probably more influential than music. There's a lot of psychological factors into watching it. The chemical rush might be momentarily, but over time, you'll start seeing long term effects. You might not consciously realize it, but it's there. The sexual positions and specific acts done in porn is overly exaggerated and dangerous if it were done in real life not to mention probably hurtful in more ways than one.

Like I said, it is whatever you let it become to you.

I just don't see how it can be a benefit for people in relationships.

Some couples enjoy sensual videos together, on occasion.

My point is that one can never deal in absolutes, only a Sith does that. Porn can be harmful for an addict, yes. But just because some people get addicted and let it ruin their lives does not mean that it will happen to everyone. Porn in moderation has no negative psychological or social effects, and I say this from a scientific perspective. A lot of the people saying otherwise have religious motives in their assessments.

Well I'm not necessarily doing it for religious motives, I simply hear studies from all sides of the issue, so I wanted to get some insight. Porn might not have negative side effects to people in the moment of watching it, but what about during a long period of time? I would think It desensitizes you to sex.

Yes, constant overexposure to it over long periods of time will result in negative psychological effects. But to to put that into perspective, the same is true with all things.

You're right, and I think that's something that people don't emphasize enough.

Sorry, I dont follow. Are you advocating more emphasis on the effects of long-term overexposure to pornography, or more emphasis on the context surrounding those statistics?

Both. Long term effects of over exposure to porn are not good, but that doesn't mean that all porn consumption is unhealthy. Context matters too.
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