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Your Brain On Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction

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When high speed internet became widely available a few years ago, growing numbers of people began to worry that their porn use was running out of control. Far from preparing them for fulfilling relationships, viewing an endless stream of porn videos led to unexpected symptoms. Perhaps most surprisingly, for the first time in history erectile dysfunction was becoming a sign ...more
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Published August 25th 2014 by Commonwealth Publishing
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Leonidas
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self" - Aristotle

What is the most fucked up drug ever to be peddled to all of mankind?

What is the one drug that is freely accessed, at almost any time, any where, by anyone?

How is it ravaging the male population, and what extreme symptoms are males experiencing from this drug?

What are the intense side-effects of getting off this drug?

All these questions are answered by the founder of You
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Miss Maya
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
We are what we repeatedly do.
- Aristotle


Elephant in the room:
So should you be a porn addict to read this book?

No, at least not in my opinion. This book is very important and beneficial for anyone who is dealing with any kind of addictive behavior (for me, it's probably the internet and especially social media). It analyzes the brain structure when it comes to addiction, how the craving works and why it happens, how it affects our daily life and ultimately what can be done. Gary Wilson has done
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Zidane Abdollahi
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are what we repeatedly do. Aristotle

There are few books like this that study scientifically the ''porn effect'' on neural pathways of the brain. Maybe ''Brain On Porn'' is not a perfect book which considers all aspects of this major problem, but it can start a revolution in scientists and psychologists to make them have a critical perspective on porn.
I don't have much to talk about the book because I am still in the shock of the huge knowledge Gary Wilson gave me and I just chose four para
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Samarth Agnihotri
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
•This book is the bible of nofappers.
•Porn like any other addiction is very harmful on your psychi, health, relationships and many other important aspects of your life.
•I have disdained porn 2 years ago, joined nofap group and successfully focused on my health and personal development and I can compensate with the ideas given in this book.
•This problem starts at adolescence and continues till 50 and more if you are a man washing away your happiness and health without your acknowledgement.
•Wi
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Amber
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
"All of the brain research on internet addictions (videogaming, gambling, social media, pornography) is lining up neatly with decades of substance addiction research. Addiction is addiction and neuroplasticity a fact of life."
Celine
My interest in this book is mainly from a historical perspective: never before have humans had access to continuous streams of sexually stimulating content. Such a development is bound to change the way people express and experience their sexuality.

Your Brain on Porn offered plenty of fascinating information on what viewing copious amounts of internet porn does to the brain. Spoiler alert: it's not good. What I found especially refreshing is that the book takes no moral stance on whether pornog
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Bastard Travel
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was brought to my attention by Louder with Crowder, an abrasive libertarian vodcaster who interviewed Gary Wilson about his book and website, all while trying to steer the conversation toward politics for some reason. It wound up a bit self-helpier than I anticipated (especially the latter half), but still interesting, especially since Wilson was spouting that same old "the internet is retarding our ability to interact with normal people!" chestnut, then backing it up with some (vaguel ...more
Froztwolf
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gary Wilson has for years been helping guys and girls that have problems related to consumption of pornography.

He has studied the research, interviewed people and created a ton of articles, videos and podcasts that he's posts for free on his website. If he's not the father of the "nofap" movement, he's at least the wise, helpful uncle you can turn to when you're too embarrassed with yourself to talk to anyone else.

This book is his masterpiece, where he draws together everything he has learned
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Sumit
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eye opening book. It totally changes your view about how you watch porn and also teaches how it is causing harmful effect on your neuroplasticity and ruining the real life relationships etc. Gary Wilson has done a tremondaous job in collecting all the information and placing it in this amazing book.
Must read for everybody.
Stefani
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology, 2015
This book is basically written for porn users. However, I should point out that neither my husband nor I are or were ever porn users (internet or otherwise). However, we are raising three children in the high-speed internet age (neither my husband nor I ever had high speed internet or an e-mail account until college). I bookmarked the podcast that Gary Wilson did with Rob Wolf months ago, and finally bought the book a few days ago. Despite the assumed audience, I found the book very enlightening ...more
Deyth Banger
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chance-deserve
"June 19, 2018 –
100.0% "This book will help you in improving... and how to deal with porn addiction."
June 1, 2018 – page 95
52.78% "Part 3 - Controlling"
June 1, 2018 – Shelved
June 1, 2018 – Started Reading"



- This book is what one porn addicted person needs to read
Bilal El Houdaigui
Wow!! it was very smooth read but I spent a lot of time making sure that what I've been reading is true, sadly it is.

I was shocked by the amount of negative affects of porn and how people aren't getting the danger of what they're involved into.

I think everyone should read it, especially parents and teenagers, they should see what's coming for them/their children!

The sad truth is that "Sex sells" as they say so it's inevitable to avoid sexual material, whether you're watching an add, a movie or e
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Akshay Cm
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From reading the 'Top All Time' subreddits-NoFap, gathering stories, materials, and motivations, Gary Wilson's book is the perfect finish for the aspiring fapstronaut (le me). The book gives a break from the you-will-get-super-powers, you-should-not-masturbate-and-wither-your-life-seed ideas in NoFap to concrete scientific proof and studies. The fact that porn addiction, especially over the internet, is not being taken seriously by the liberals and the science community is scary. The book is fil ...more
Sean
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Had to do a writeup on this one after some people on another forum I'm on wanted my thoughts on this: https://genesisofman.wordpress.com/20...

Informative book and probably the least talked about problem of our times. My prediction is that this issue will only get worse, sadly.
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Par-
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
After reading some quotes from this book and putting it in my want-to-read list, watching "Why Porn Changes the Brain | Science of NoFap" from What I've Learned channel in YouTube madw me curious to read this book.
You don't need to be a porn addict to read this book. First and foremost, it benefits everyone who is involved with some kind of addiction. Also, if you're interested in brain, human mind and the way it works when it come to addiction, YBOP[Your Brain on Porn] has lots of positive poin
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Shikha Verma
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Internet is no doubt the best thing that has happened to us so far, but is it all hunky dory? All the products be it social media apps, Internet porn are solely designed to exploit our brain's shortcomings. This book will give you an insight of how this casual everyday thing is messing up your life.
Bon Tom
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Soon as I realized this is direct tie-in with YBOP website, I was like ok, here we go... but this is surprisingly well elaborated material and good read. I still think there's something else going on than proposed, or something more. It has to do with the big O, always the big O... This possibility isn't mentioned in the book at all, except in the context of "edging", which leads to the O anyway and is supposed to be even worse.

Also, there's unavoidable interaction between person(ality) and the
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Ryan
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, science
Aside from being somewhat repetitive in a few places, this is a solid book on the psychological and physiological effects of viewing what the author calls "high-speed porn." He uses that term to refer to hardcore videos that must be viewed with a high-speed Internet connection, and is in contrast to the static pictures in softcore magazines like Playboy.

The author makes no moral judgments about pornography, but simply observes that "high-speed porn" is having extremely negative effects on a huge
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Martin
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
A very good book on not just internet porn addiction but addiction in general. The stuff on how addiction changes the neural pathways in the brain was very enlightening and made me reconsider why people do "bad" things in the first place. The personal accounts of the many "users" also shed a light on an area of addiction research that has been previously neglected by professional scientists. Turns out the people that had suffered from internet porn addiction were much more aware of the pitfalls ...more
Saurabh
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What the book is about:
1. The central thesis is that the brain is plastic. It can go bad but the good news is that there is hope for recovery.
2. Shows that there are primitive reward pathways in the brain that can overshadow the rational ones.
3. Asserts that high-speed internet pornography is unique in terms of its potential consequences.
4. It deals with the effects from a neurological / neurochemical standpoint.
5. It calls for scientific research on effects of porn on social and sexual behaviou
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Zephir
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm calling it, this book will go down in history as one of the most important psychology books of the 21th-Century. If not this particular book, then one of the follower of Gary Wilsons pioneer work. Widely access to porn and especially Porn streaming-sites is still very, very young, just you wait a few more years...
Besides the obvious dangerous effects on your health and brain, porn is actually one of the biggest weapons of psychological warfare and especially targets young white, western mal
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Mhamed Limam
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Porn is nothing short of a worldwide pandemic . Unless we honestly and courageously face this problem and admit that : Watching Porn is an addiction pretty much like smoking or taking drugs , things will get even more scary...... !
Every guy/girl should read this book ! It's an easy read and it is very informative .
Watching porn is NOT normal . Porn is a supernormal stimulus that induces all sort of problems both physically (erictile dysfunction , premature ejaculation...) and psychlogiclay (Depr
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Kay
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Informative

This book was an interesting read on a professional and personal level. I often wondered what the consequences would be for young people and adults accessing porn at such a rapid pace. He really takes the reader through each step, from the wiring of the brain to positive solutions. It was interesting hearing from men and their personal experiences. The research seemed all current and up to date. I read this in under a day.
Ryan Watkins
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: misc-non-fiction
This is a great book for understanding the damaging effects of pornography and the neuroscience behind it. Due to the subject matter it is very explicit. Recommended.
Devin
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, nonfiction
This is a very important book and topic! I don’t think most people understand how rampant this issue is. It has become so commonplace that most people don’t even view it as a problem but there is science and thousands of anecdotes expressing the dangers of pornography usage. The accessibility of this type of stimulation and dopamine is unprecedented and is negatively impacting our world (Kids and adults; male and females of all sexual orientation).

Mainstream culture tends to assume that pornogr
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Daniel
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating look at the effects of modern-day pornography (as distinct from earlier forms) on the brain, and an important account of a phenomenon that is damaging human relationships on an individual, societal, and indeed global level. While I do not think internet pornography should be banned on a federal level, I do not accept that watching internet pornography is a safe and healthy activity, and I worry that children as young as 12 and 13 are receiving their sexual educations from highly arti ...more
Akshunya
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the long weekend and Corona lock down, i had enough time to read the whole of it in straight 2 days. This book is about something that has been so readily accepted as harmless in our contemporary culture, but as revealed in the book, is actually far from it. In worst case it is an addiction and at the other end even minimal exposure poses risk of making real physical changes to our brain (neuroplasticity) and messing up with its internal (reward) circuitry.

First things first:
"I am here
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Ahmad Hossam
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
"We are what we repeatedly do" - Aristotle

It is safe to say that the majority of this generation would learn a lot by books like these. Porn is the new tobacco. Few decades ago nobody suspected that cigarettes could harm their health, researchers and physicians dismissed these impacts altogether, and teens burnt through millions of smokes. Then truth came crashing.



The impacts of porn are reported a lot nowadays, but society turns the same deaf ear all over again. The rise of 'sexual positivity'

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Ibrahim Abouzied
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book and can probably apply to any addiction but delves into aspects unique to pornography.

Wilson doesn't push any religious agenda or voice moral qualms with pornographic content. He seeks to explain the harmful effects unique to modern day internet porn (compared to other forms of erotica available before the 2000's). The book is well researched, you'll find a citation every other sentence.

Lots of takeaways, but on thing is clear and its that the effects of modern pornography is woef
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Marcos
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like the overall approach of the theme, specially because it doesn't use any moral arguments in favor or against. It's a very informative introduction to the 'problem of porn' with an emphasis on testimonials from people (a majority of atheist or non-believers) suffering with addiction to porn. Wilson also covers a lot or most of the scientific research available at the time of the publishing. Also, the difficulty in obtaining more information or the newness of the subject and how research tak ...more
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