Even if young children can’t understand sex or its role in relationships, the images they see can leave a lasting impression.It’s a basic premise of marketing that what we watch, read and direct our attention toward influences our behavior. That’s why we see products and services that have nothing to do with sex being marketed in increasingly sexualized ways.One forum user writing of his experiences said: “My porn and masturbation habits had ground my ‘poor little man’ into a desensitized, permanently flaccid, useless addition to my body that simply didn't want or fancy real female attention.” Another man, aged 22, said: “I used to get nervous about having sex with my girlfriend because I had the constant threat of erectile dysfunction looming over me.” “I used to resist her advances and make excuses as to why we couldn't have sex because I had either already masturbated that day and wasn't in the mood or because I was terrified of not being able to perform and having to suffer the shame, embarrassment and indignity of erectile dysfunction.” A rising number of young men are turning to Viagra to solve the problem – but the medical approach often proves useless because the issue with PIED begins in the brain.“The problem is that dopamine – the hormone released that enables that pleasurable state – is part of the reward circuit in the brain and it can become desensitized to triggers,” Janet explained.The 2001 film The Fluffer was about a film buff with a crush on a porn star who is straight, for whom he would end up working as a fluffer in gay porn.
Having unrestricted access to the maximum stimulus that pornography provides can lead to a number of sexual dysfunctions, according to psychosexual therapist Janet Eccles.
Research has long established that teens who watch movies or listen to music that glamorizes drinking, drug use or violence tend to engage in those behaviors themselves.
A 2012 study shows that movies influence teens’ sexual attitudes and behaviors as well.
“We might see one image one day that excites us and return to it again and again, only then we find that it doesn’t excite us anymore.
“I’ve seen many clients, who despite consciously not wanting to use porn, find themselves returning to porn sites over and over again compulsively.” Users end up seeking more extreme stimuli to achieve the same ‘high’ and research at Cambridge University has likened the brain activity of compulsive pornography users to that of drug addicts.