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5 Ways Pornography Affects Teens’ Brains

Last Updated: October 30, 2020

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In this modern world where everything is accessible, a teenager can easily watch anything he or she wants, including pornography. Pornography does many things to teenagers, changing their perspective and way of thinking, especially when they become addicted to it. Here are the ways pornography affects teenagers’ brains.

1. The Hormone Dopamine

This hormone is responsible for memory, attention, mood, and pleasure, which is activated whenever a person feels good. Pornography always brings excitement as it satisfies a person’s sexual urges. So when a teenager watches it too often, more dopamine is increased, which can be addictive. Their brain will unconsciously activate dopamine to the point where their body will eventually depend on it. As a result, addiction to pornography is likely to occur, destroying the teenager’s way of life.

2. Memory Effect

Aside from developing an addiction, a teenager’s memory will also be affected. A short-term memory from a pornographic act moves to long-term memory. It affects the teenager’s way of thinking in such a way that he or she will consistently look for the same kind of experience from others. This can be devastating in the long run.

3. Changing Perceived Pleasure

The repeated act of watching porn may change a teenager’s perception of pleasure. This is called a “chemical bath.” In this condition, the brain will be unable to process the chemicals it needs at a certain level. The constant surge to bring pleasure disrupts the normal action of the central nervous system wherein pleasure is reduced so that a simple sexual act is no longer satisfying.

4. Cause of Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is defined as a psychological condition where a person quickly reacts on impulse, affecting the attention span. An addicted teenager may continue searching for new ways to satisfy his sexual urges, and so this search may lead to websites that he or she should not visit. For example, a teenager sees himself as a conservative but he may be stumbling upon websites that are masochistic or violent. With that, a teenager’s attention is disrupted as he or she keeps on looking for satisfaction instead of focusing on more mundane, everyday things.

5. Encourages Eating Disorders

Teenagers are easily influenced by many factors as their hormones change from childhood to adulthood. Pornographic films feature well-toned bodies, which can greatly influence a teenager’s perception of ideal physical attributes. With that, a teenager may take drastic measures to be sexy. Eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia may occur.

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Camryen Walker is a member of the Help Your Teen Now outreach team. She enjoys helping families grow and heal together as they find answers to their struggles. She enjoys reading, running, and anything to do with baking.

  • Comments on: 5 Ways Pornography Affects Teens’ Brains
    1. Pastóré on

      I’m a living testimony..Thanks to God I’m free!

    2. lavern on

      I really want to stop

    3. lyn on

      Please help me convenant eyes… I really want to stop but every time I do, my minds says to keep watching

      • Chris McKenna on

        Hello, Lyn – our thoughts are so powerful, but they don’t need to control us. “Take every thought captive” according to Paul, and it takes practice. Here’s a great article about what that means: http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/how-do-i-take-my-thoughts-captive In other words, are you still buying into the lie that the porn is better than the purpose God has for you? If so, it’s time to allow Paul’s words to destroy that thinking, no matter how painful.

        Peace, Chris

    4. Falola Ireti Victor on

      Please convenant eye,my name is Ireti,i want to stop looking porns.help me out.

    5. Matthew on

      I really want to stop.. this is destroying my personal life,my relationship n my education.. please help! Please!!

      • Chris McKenna on

        Hello, Matthew – I’m glad that you want to stop, because it’s essential that you truly decide that you want to quit. To the point that you’re on the offensive, fighting for your life (because you are). Please read this, and do exactly as it says. It won’t be easy, but most good things aren’t easy: https://www.covenanteyes.com/2012/04/23/how-to-quit-porn-6-essential-steps/

        You can do this! God is for you (read Romans 8 to be reminded of who you are in Christ).

    6. This Guy on

      Where can I find scientific data confirming this post? I want to be sure it’s not an opinion but factual.

    7. Ann on

      I also want to really stop and I pray about it dailt. however I find myself just googling it and telling myself just 10 minutes and I’ll quit. is it a sign of addiction. and if so, how do I stop cause its really bothering me.

    8. Vageesha on

      I stopped it approximately 6 to 7 months ago. But now the memories have become really a big trouble for me. Even if I try to ignore them it just keep flashing in my mind. And now I want to get rid of this. Please help me out of this……

      • Chris McKenna on

        Great! Sin dies really, really hard. It takes a while to reform those brain pathways. Prayer and constant redirection. Maybe write down the times of day when you struggle the most and recognize the patterns. Each person is different.


    9. Maria on

      That’s not how ADHD works


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