Porn addiction studies: Sexual orientation versus sexual tastes

Yes, you can be taught to become aroused at other stuff. And untaught.

http://yourbrainonporn.com/are-sexual-tastes-immutable (all quotes from this site)

The suggestion that sexual tastes can be profoundly re-conditioned is not purely theoretical. A male rat can be conditioned to prefer a same-sex partner by jacking up his dopamine. And it doesn’t take very long. Researchers injected a male rat with a dopamine agonist (a drug that mimics dopamine), and then placed him in a cage with another male. The two rats just hung out together for a day. (The dopamine agonist is out of the system in about one day.) Researchers repeated this 2 more times, 4 days apart.

This is the premise on which all abnormal sexual therapies reside and that study makes me laugh at the people who say to ban supposed “gay therapy” for political reasons. If it didn’t ever work, why would you wanna ban the freedom of trying?

Similarly, I’ve written about transsexuality via fetish before, but I do wonder how many have a porn addiction mediated by neuroticism following this information: http://yourbrainonporn.com/ask-us-iam-attracted-to-gay-transsexual

Much of this FAQ is geared towards those with homosexual obsessive compulsive disorder (HOCD).

Perhaps this is why they get the two-spirit Dualist idea into their heads they were “born into the wrong body” [impossible rationalization] and wonder why castrating themselves doesn’t immediately remedy the problem. You’re thinking with the wrong head boys.

As for transracial, transpecies, otherkin etc – I think it’s anime and manga use. Including pornographic forms of children’s shows. It would make logical sense as a uniting cause.

There is also a social dominance and sexual dominance dividing effect to this:

Interestingly, if the buddy was also a virgin the conditioned rat and he just demonstrated a social affinity.

Bros before hoes. Timing is important. Early bonding is non-sexual (I would argue from lack of appropriate hormone signalling, which would explain the lesbian brain hypothesis below).

However, and somewhat mysteriously [hardly], if the buddy was a sexually experienced rat, the conditioned virgin showed more erections, more genital investigation, and even female-like solicitations —as opposed to normal male mounting behavior. The researchers emphasized that the treated male rat wasn’t gay, as he didn’t try to mount the other rat. Yet he had definitely changed. (Is this evidence of how easily adults might influence youngsters’ innate sexual behavior?)

Trans. = if he was taught to get turned on by his own sex, non-mutual hormone displays might be involved, he doesn’t want to be the dominant one (so it’s more about switching that OFF and replacing it with something else), he passively replies in a sexual way and becomes more docile, submissive, feminine. Maybe this is how women were taught to be feminine socially, for centuries.

There are implications for human sexuality, including the notion female homosexuality must be different (probably prebirth);

Interestingly, female rats couldn’t be conditioned this way – only males. Also, 45 days after all experimental manipulation had stopped, the artificial sexual conditioning had evaporated and the males had no preference for their buddies. Does this help explain why, after ex-porn users stop reinforcing their fetishes with dopamine-raising porn, they often report that their fetish porn tastes evaporate?

Women are naturally socially receptive, but can be taught to be more feminine, so this makes complete sense. I wonder if the HBD lot will touch this with a bargepole since we can’t do it on humans for ethical reasons. There is the question of minors watching porn because phones exist and whether that changes orientation (twin studies should be good enough to observe that) but we’ll never know [mostly ethics]. Even studying rats it’s hard to tell.

Most people would consider orientation in line with behaviour, since if you act it out, that’s your orientation. The sort of person to get addicted and never see it as a problem is also likely to seek outlets to “experiment” with whatever novel source of their hit may be, as modern society has no morality around “finding yourself”. (Thanks, feminism!)

TL;DR: I think cutting out masturbation to Internet porn may have helped fix my ephebophilia/pedophilia.

No one is gonna address that possibility, let’s be honest. This same guy also said he used to watch hentai, which is a form of anime you don’t want to Google. I see the connection but *shrug* nobody’s gonna study it.

Speaking feminists;

[female dominance fetish] Little did I know that the fetish I thought was hard-wired within me, was simply the result of my porn-viewing habits.

Maybe that’s why they love getting men hooked on porn.

Yet as we’ve seen, morphing sexual tastes often lead to escalation (tolerance) rather than fulfillment.  This even happened to the father of modern sexology, Alfred C. Kinsey:

There was something grim in the way Kinsey was approaching sex, not only in his private life but in his research. In both areas, he was becoming more compulsive, like a man who had become addicted to risk taking. The sexual escapades in his attic [sadomasochistic acts with his male lovers] were political dynamite. … Yet not only did he go right on staging these sessions but he compounded the danger by creating a visual record.

How many S&M gay guys do you know?


Tolerance of bad things (unhealthy) isn’t a good thing, even when it’s for nominal research purposes. I need that sentence on the wall at work as reminder.

In other words, Playboy was passing entertainment; hardcore video is brain-training.

Officially, anyone wanting to get Lad’s Mags, Page 3 or Playboy-type stimuli banned should take a more extreme disgust to video porn (they rarely do, for personal and political reasons – charlatans).

Timing: http://yourbrainonporn.com/why-shouldnt-johnny-watch-porn-if-he-likes

By his twenties, he may not exactly be stuck with the sexual proclivities he falls into during adolescence, but they can be like deep ruts in his brain—not easy to ignore or reconfigure.

I wonder how Japan fits into all of this.

Maybe their problem isn’t too little sex, but too much digital material.

Adults also often assume kids will naturally leave impulsive behaviors behind at adulthood. Indeed, studies suggest that college-age kids do tend to outgrow binge drinking, pot use, etc.  However, Internet porn habits may prove to be different.

And then there’s the sad video game addict comparison (same platform and many unusually popular games have porn elements);

For many, the lingering effects of heavy Internet porn use are likely to be analogous to effects on online gamers. Overstimulation leaves the brain with a need for intense stimulation (unless it is consciously restored to normal sensitivity). Other activities seem boring in comparison. In this short TED talk, The Demise of Guys? famous psychologist Philip Zimbardo describes the ill effects of widespread “arousal addiction.”

(If you can just put down a game for years at a time, you’re fine. If that thought makes you freak out, I got news for you son…)

Before the question of Hook-up culture – yes, overdoing it there can damage their relationship future too: http://www.amazon.com/Hooked-Science-Casual-Affecting-Children/dp/0802450601
(Bonding chemicals to a given partner and I wonder if the reduction is connected to dopamine/if they use porn too). To anyone staunchly avoiding LTR and marriage on principle (PUA/MGTOW) this shouldn’t be an issue, unless they’re lying to themselves.

http://yourbrainonporn.com/recent-internet-addiction-brain-studies-include-porn

The brain changes found in all addictions include sensitization, desensitization, hypofrontality, and abnormal white matter. An Internet addiction is no exception, whether a user is viewing Internet porn, Facebook, www.reddit.com, or a combination Internet stimuli.

Heheh, someone tell the reddit atheists who think they’re so superior.
SJWs and Tumblr/Twitter/smartphones?
I’ve disappeared from here for years at a time without issue so I think I’m allowed to judge.

People talk of getting their “dopamine rush” from chocolate, music, the stock market, the BlackBerry buzz on the thigh — anything that imparts a small, pleasurable thrill. Familiar agents of vice like cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol and nicotine are known to stimulate the brain’s dopamine circuits, as do increasingly popular stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin. source

Hello most of the annoying people on reddit. [To be fair, most annoying girls with their iPhones.]

I need to see hypofrontality tests and see if it relates to r-types. That study would be interesting. I would pay.

Research on other addictions has already established that decreases in frontal-lobe gray matter and functioning reduce both impulse control and the ability to foresee consequences. source

When heavy users give up porn, they report increased pleasure from all aspects of life (often after a miserable withdrawal).

Sounds like they had had anhedonia (partial version?)

Dopamine is also part of the brain’s salience filter, its get-a-load-of-this device. “You can’t pay attention to everything, but you want to be adept as an organism at recognizing things that are novel,” Dr. Volkow said. “You might not notice a fly in the room, but if that fly was fluorescent, your dopamine cells would fire.” In addition, our dopamine-driven salience detector will focus on familiar objects that we have imbued with high value, both positive and negative: objects we want and objects we fear. 
source

– and we come full circle to scary porn habits and concerns over permanent sexual orientation [clue: love]. Men, you can’t trust your dick http://yourbrainonporn.com/can-you-trust-your-johnson [Women, similar sentiment] IF you intend to make good decisions with it.

Sexual desire is an additional layer onto the desire for novelty.
Why do we instinctively look down on addicts? Especially non-drug ones like gaming? They’re expending their dopamine on low-status desperate easy behaviours. At least buying drugs requires getting off the couch.

Let’s look at a MGTOW God – Tesla. Clearly addicted to his dopamine rush, which he gained in a productive, pro-social intellectual way via his inventions. Hence it isn’t a bad thing your brain has this wireup, it’s the use you choose to put it to (no excuses), which is a hopeful message I’m gonna finish on.

One response to “Porn addiction studies: Sexual orientation versus sexual tastes

  1. Pingback: Link: ‘Sexual Orientation’ and ‘Gender Identity’ are meaningless | Philosophies of a Disenchanted Scholar

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