Is watching porn good?

A recent study carried out by Pornhub, one of the most popular adult website, India is the fourth leading country after USA, UK, and Canada which generates the maximum traffic on porn. The study suggests, that an average Indian spends 8.37 minutes while surfing porn

Is watching porn good?

The debate on ‘porn’ is always followed with a very simple question, is it good or bad? People keep asking isn’t it degrading? Is it immoral or it is empowering?

Over the last several decades, porn has remained a controversial issue worldwide. But is porn really harmful? Eminent psychologists in Mumbai debated this issue – is porn is a boon or bane for humans in Sexycon 2017 which was organised by Indian Medical Association (IMA), in Mumbai on June 18.

In the 21st century, the internet has facilitated the access to pornographic content. Considering its ‘harmful’ impact, especially on the teenagers, the government of India had banned almost 857 websites which had adult content, in order to preserve ‘morality and decency’.

A recent study carried out by Pornhub, one of the most popular adult website, India is the fourth leading country after USA, UK, and Canada which generates the maximum traffic on porn. The study suggests, that an average Indian spends 8.37 minutes while surfing porn.

Speaking with My Medical Mantra, Dr Avinash Desousa, a Consultant Psychiatrist, explained, how porn affects a person’s mind and hence impacts their relationships.

Dr Desousa stated that today, almost 12 per cent of the internet content is pornographic and because of the smartphones and digital media porn has become easily accessible through the devices in our pockets.

“Earlier when a teenage patient used to come to me, I use to ask whether they had relationships problems. Now, I need to ask them if it is online relationship problem or a real relationship problem. The same thing is happening with marriages. Porn is altering people’s sexuality. Those who watch porn either lose the desire to have sex in reality or desire to try those acts in reality. They forget that porn is an illusion,” added Dr Desouza.

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On the other hand, Dr Ashit Sheth, a senior Psychiatrist, pointed out that American Psychologist Association (APA) has rejected to acknowledge watching pornography as a disorder. He also argued that porn has been an integral part of people’s lives. It has been in existence in various other forms and because of the media exposure its existence is getting highlighted.

He claimed that porn can be helpful in satisfying unmet sexual desires because some people masturbate while watching it. “There are many symbols which are considered as art, in fact, express sexuality. There is a fine line between art and pornography. We have to think how we can use it for our benefit. Banning porn is no way to stop people from watching it,” he said.

Both the panellist agreed on the need of educating and counselling children about sexuality. They emphasised on the dialogue between parents and kids on this issue and also propagated the need of sex education in schools.