Hard core pornography is graphic depictions of sexual acts and full nudity with the intent to arouse. This includes depictions of masturbation, anal, and oral sex. There is a big difference between suggestive content, as is seen all over the media in movies and on Television, and hard core pornography. Most religions will tell you that it is to be avoided. What does science say?

It has been documented that exposure to hard core pornography at a young age is harmful. There is no question that it is harmful for children under the age of 18 to view. It is particularly harmful when viewed during the time that the body is changing. For boys this is between the age of 10 and 13. In most cases, pornography gives the child the wrong type of sex education. It can actually affect the way that the child becomes set sexually for life. Nature needs to be allowed to take its proper course. Pornography that depicts violent acts along with the sexual acts can be particularly damaging to the mind of a child. It should be avoided as if it was poison. It can cause mental disorders such as PTSD, and depression.  This doesn’t mean that pornography will always result in a child being damaged mentally. Many children do watch pornography and grow up to be fine. But it is a big risk to view it. It would be much more prudent to wait until the brain has fully developed.

It has been found that the brain is not fully developed until around the age of 25. So could hard core pornography damage the development of the brain for persons between the age of 18 and 25? I don’t know the answer, but research suggests that it may be harmful.

Although much less harmful to adults than to children, there are still some dangers for adult viewers of pornography. Over time, it can cause the person to become conditioned to a point where sex becomes less exciting to them. Because the viewing of pornography can cause stimulation in the mind that is pleasurable, there is a chance that the person might become addicted to that feeling. Many people let pornography be their escape from reality. They use it as a coping device, much as a drug user uses those substances as medication for their depression. If this becomes the primary coping device, it will result in the person repeating that activity over and over again. This is not healthy living.

So, is pornography bad? Well, that depends. If you are underage, it might be harmful to you. If you are an adult, it may, or may not be harmful. Too much eating, gambling, alcohol… or really too much of anything, puts your life out of balance. In my opinion, there are some types of pornography that are absolutely harmful. Certainly child pornography is harmful to everyone involved with it. Pornography that depicts violent acts of rape or other violent acts cannot be healthy to watch. It will numb your senses. On the other hand, some pornography, tastefully done, can be helpful to older adults who suffer from impotence issues.

My conclusion is that pornography is unhealthy for those who are minors, but for adults, it can go either way, depending on the situation. It is something that if you are going to indulge in, should be done on a limited basis. Think of it as just eating one piece of chocolate in the box. Don’t scarf the whole box of candies down in one sitting. Personally, I try to avoid pornography. But you need to decide what is best for your health and wellbeing.