Pornography hijacks your brain. The following excerpt is taken from an article on the CovenantEyes.com webpage and explains what happens as you view porn repeatedly.
“Dopamine – the Brain’s Super Hero (or Super Foe)
“God wired the brain in such a way that it wants to remember where our natural drives are satisfied. If the body is thirsty, the brain’s job is to remember in vivid detail where water can be found, and dopamine is the neurotransmitter responsible for helping us remember where to satisfy our natural drives.
“When sexually stimulated, dopamine is released into a region of the brain responsible for emotion and learning, giving the viewer a sense of sharp focus and an awareness of craving: “I have got to have this thing; this is what I need right now.” Dopamine supplies a great sense of pleasure. The next time the viewer gets the itch for more sexual gratification, small packets of dopamine are released in the brain, saying, “Remember where you got your fix last time. Go there to get it.”
“You can see the issue. In the context of a secure marital relationship, this push to return to the source of pleasure brings couples back together again and again in sexual intimacy, building a bond of love. But in the context of viewing pornography, the effect is something altogether different. Continued exposure to porn, especially for long periods of time, releases surge after surge of dopamine, giving the brain an unnatural high. The brain eventually fatigues, limits the release of dopamine, and leaves the viewer wanting more but unable to reach a level of satisfaction. This is called desensitization. Everyday pleasures begin to lose their luster —including sex — and the viewer expands their pornographic tastes and seeks out more novel or harder pornography to get the same arousal.
“James says sin begins in strong desire, but “sin when it is fully grown brings forth death” (James 1:14-15). Growing sin brings about all forms of death — death to pleasure, death to relationships, and ultimately eternal death.”
For the complete Bible study, go to: https://covenanteyes.com/cdn/global/pdfs/communities/Your-Brain-on-Porn-SGG.pdf
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