Does Watching Porn Turn You Into a Psycho?

Contributed by Andrew Love

First off, please understand that scare tactics are about as helpful as apathy. Both force us unnaturally into a state of counter-productivity.

This is not that. High Noon doesn’t believe in scaring people for the sake of fear mongering. We leave that up to the mainstream media ?

With that said, sometimes the truth is a little frightening and to shy away from discussing the various facets of complex issues would, in our view, be irresponsible. This leads us to a recent study that was released with some very interesting findings.

As most of you can imagine, what we absorb through our eyes and ears plays a massive role in what we perceive to be normal or even healthy. Repetition promotes normalization until it becomes an expectation. What’s interesting is that with internet pornography, we are dealing with the issue of how fantasy is disturbing people’s day to day realities. If we view something enough times on a screen in high definition, it seems to deeply impact our expectations whether we recognize it or not.

Would you like some examples? How about the skyrocketing numbers of plastic surgery in the past decade to help create ‘designer vaginas’ or how about the new craze for men to have acid injected in their penises to enlarge them?

These are all new trends. Supply and demand. But where is the demand coming from? I’ll give you one guess…

So, let’s get back to this article I mentioned because it is a great look into how the realm of fantasy is reshaping the human experience and how porn, in particular, is giving birth to some very unhealthy patterns within the human psyche.

In the study titled, “The Dark Side of Internet: Preliminary Evidence for the Associations of Dark Personality Traits With Specific Online Activities and Problematic Internet Use”, 772 Turkish University students between the ages of 18-28 filled out a survey which was designed to discover if there was any connection between dark personality traits such as narcissism, sadism, etc. and what has been termed ‘problematic internet use’ or (PIU). Basically, this study wanted to know, does spending your time watching porn cause you to be more…uh…how do I say…psycho?

Let’s look at what the study found. Please keep in mind that there is plenty of room for more research and that these are early findings. Though we at High Noon don’t need any further convincing that porn is not healthy for our mind/spirit/heart, it’s important that science is going through the motions of providing a sufficient empirical evidence for the remaining members of society who aren’t yet on board.

The Study

There is something called the ‘Dark Triad’ (which is a great name for a supervillain trinity), which is apparently three dark traits that researchers have been focusing on in the past decade. These three traits are: machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism. We embody all three traits in small doses from day to day, but are extremely toxic both socially and psychologically.

Definitions

  • Narcissism: Self-importance, dominance, entitlement
  • Machiavellianism: Manipulation, deception, ambition
  • Psychopathy: impulsiveness, recklessness, and most notable low empathy

Narcissism is connected to problematic social media use and problematic online game use (Instagram anyone???)

Machiavellianism is connected to problematic social media use, trolling in online games, and self-promotion.

Psychopathy is connected to antisocial online behaviors such as cyberbullying, online trolling, intimate partner cyberstalking, as well as violent video game playing. Moreover, psychopaths and sadists may try to gratify sexual urges online and live out their fantasies.

In the study (linked below) it goes into further details about how each of these traits is manifested in the online behaviors of the subjects. Please read the article if you are so inclined.

One great way to look at this whole issue is this:

Imagine there was a man named Glenn.

Now imagine that whenever Glenn had a tough day at work, got into a fight with his wife, or felt general apathy that comes with modern life, he left his house and drove around looking for naked people.

Let’s say Glen tried to find people getting changed, having a shower, or having intimate moments with their spouse. He just needed to see naked people otherwise he couldn’t feel good about life again.

Would you say that maybe Glen had a problem? He would definitely need help. That isn’t healthy or even remotely sustainable behavior. If someone like Glenn needed to find dozens of naked people in real life just to feel happy, we could safely assume that they carry some of the traits above.

But this is just the internet, and watching porn isn’t the same as being a ‘Peeping Tom’, right? Some would make that argument, but the problem that Glenn is dealing with remains the same. When he doesn’t feel good, he seeks out other people’s nakedness, their sexuality, to feel better.

High Noon is here for you. We are all involved because we genuinely care. When tough times arise, we want to help you seek solutions instead of avoidance. After reading about the ‘Dark Triad’, I’m sure you saw parts of yourself in each of those traits. We can easily train ourselves to indulge in self-defeating habits. But, please understand that breaking those bad habits and replacing them with highly productive habits is extremely possible!

We want to help you build habits so that you can grow your sexual integrity.

Remember, we are just an email away.

Here’s the link to the article.

 

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