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September 24, 2014

The Great Porn Experiment

I’ve been seeing more and more younger men complaining of erection difficulties. This is one of the biggest areas I work with in older men, but it’s unusual in younger (< 35) men. As I speak with these younger guys a pattern has definitely emerged. Every single one of these younger guys is an avid user of internet porn. The pattern appears often, they’re bored and sitting in front of the computer and looking for something exciting. They’ll usually find it and proceed to a frenzied but short masturbation session.

The complaint often takes the form of “I can get hard when I’m alone, but I can’t when I’m with someone else.” As part of the work we do, I recommend that they significantly reduce or, better yet, stop internet porn. We’ll do some exercises together to help feel erotic sensation again. I’ll advise them to masturbate as often as they like, but just not to porn.

I’ve been seeing remarkable changes in the guys who have stopped the porn. Most of these guys report that their erections are back and are getting more confidence in being sexual with others again.

I recently ran across a TED talk on this very subject. I find this area fascinating and I do believe that this is an area ripe for further study.

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