Gary Wilson Discusses The Great Porn Experiment (Transcript)

First they say: “Man, you’ve hit the evolutionary jackpot.” Second, they kick in a molecular switch called Delta-FosB. I know it is a fancy word, but dopamine kicks in Delta-FosB and that starts to accumulate in the brain’s reward circuit.

Now, with excess chronic consumption of drugs or natural rewards, this buildup of Delta-FosB starts to alter the brain and promote the cycle of binging and craving.

If the binging continues the Delta-FosB builds up and it can lead to brain changes seen in all addicts. So the dominos are excess consumption, excess dopamine, Delta-FosB, brain changes.

One of the first changes is a numbed pleasure response. It kicks in so everyday pleasures really don’t satisfy a porn addict. At the same time other physical changes in the brain make the brain hyper-reactive to porn. Everything else in porn users life is sort of boring, but porn is super exciting.

Finally his willpower arose as its frontal cortex changes. I can’t emphasize this enough. All addictions share these same brain changes and the same molecular switch that kicks them in — Delta-FosB.

Now scientists have used brain scans to measure these changes in drug addicts. Up-here these scans show a reduced pleasure response in drug addicts. These and several other changes have also been seen in gambling addicts, food addicts, very recently in video game addicts and now in internet addicts.

I apologize for filling up the slide with brain studies, just notice the dates but I want you to know that they exist. So far all brain research points only in one direction. Constant novelty at the click can cause addiction. We know this because when scientist examined former Internet addicts they found that these brain changes were reversing themselves.

Unfortunately, none of these studies isolate porn users, but they do include them. Here’s the game changer.

At last we have a group of guys who are no longer using Internet porn. That’s right! Heavy users are voluntarily giving it up by the thousands. These guys are the missing control group in the great porn experiment. They’re showing experts what changing one single variable can do. I call it “The Resurrection of Guys” as opposed to “the Demise of Guys.”

Now, before I continue, probably you want to know why any porn loving guy in his right mind would give it up. Two words: erectile dysfunction. Internet porn is killing young men’s sexual performance.

Now, Zimbardo said young guys are flaming out with women, this survey by Italian neurologists confirms what we have witnessed over the last few years. Sexual enhancement drugs often stop working for these guys, if they ever did, because the problem isn’t below the belt where viagra works. Nor is their problem really psychological. It’s due to physical changes in the brain. Those addiction related changes.

Their numb brains are sending weaker and weaker signals to their bananas. As doctor Foresta says: “It starts with lower reactions to porn’s sites. Then there is a general drop in libido, and in the end it becomes impossible to get an erection.

There are 3 takeaways from this.

First, Foresta is describing a classic addiction process — gradual desensitization.

Second, Internet porn is qualitatively different from playboy. Widespread youthful ED has never been seen before.

And finally ED is often the only symptom that gets these guys’ attention. The question is what less symptoms are they missing? Most don’t figure that out until after they quit.

Here’s a guy in his late 20s. “I’ve been to psychologists and psychiatrists for the last 8 years…have been diagnosed with depression, severe social anxiety, severe memory impairment and a few others. Have tried Fexer, Ritalin, Xanax, Paxil, dropped out at two different colleagues, been fired twice, used pot to calm my social anxiety. I’ve been approached by quite a few women I guess due to my looks and status but they quickly flew away due to my incredible weirdness.

I’ve been a hardcore porn addict since age 14. For the last 2 years I’ve been experimenting and finally realized that porn was an issue. I stopped it completely 2 months ago. It has been very difficult but so far incredibly worth it.

I’ve since quit my remaining medication. My anxiety is nonexistent. My memory and focus are sharper than they’ve ever been. I feel like a huge “chick magnet” and my ED is gone too. I seriously think I had a rebirth, a second chance at life.”

This is why pockets of guys are peering all over the web — body building sites, sports sites, pickup artists sites — wherever men congregate. In essence, they are seeking a neurochemical rebirth.

Here’s a group on reddit.com who called themselves “Fapstronauts.” Fapping is slang for solo sex, but what they really mean is giving up porn. They’ve added about 2,000 members since I captured this picture a month ago. This movement to unhook from porn is growing rapidly. In fact, groups are springing up all across the web and in Europe too. But there is a bizarre fly in the ointment.

Guys in the early 20s aren’t regaining their erectile health as quickly as older guys. How can a 50-year-old get his mojo back quicker than a 20-something? The answer, even though older guys have been using porn a whole lot longer they didn’t start on today’s Internet porn.

Now, we know this is a key variable because the older guys didn’t start having sexual problems until after they got high-speed Internet. Now, today’s young teens start on high-speed Internet when their brains are at their peak of dopamine production and neuroplasticity.

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