Watching Too Much Online Porn Can Make You Lose Your Memory

12/17/12 10:39AM EST

hotcouplesex Watching Too Much Online Porn Can Make You Lose Your Memory

It may not make you go blind, but a new study, published in the Journal of Sex Research, suggests pornography can have adverse affects on short-term memory. A team of German scientists conducted an experiment in which they asked 28 heterosexual men to look at a series of computer image, some pornographic. The non-pornographic images varied, but included people laughing, playing sports and carrying weapons.

The men, who averaged age 26, were instructed to touch a “yes” or “no” button to indicate if the image was the same as one of the four previously played slides. The men answered correctly 80 percent of the time when viewing “clean” images, but only 67 percent of the time when viewing the erotic slides.

The scientists used the data to study the area of the brain responsible for keeping information in the mind while using it to complete a task, vital for understanding, reasoning, decision making and problem solving.

The researchers at the University of Duisberg-Essen concluded people with internet porn addictions are in danger of short-term memory loss. They hope the study’s findings might help psychologists better understand why people with such addictions neglect relationships or forget simple tasks, such as eating, sleeping or going to work.

Sexual arousal and its impacts on cognitive processes might explain parts of these negative effects,” the researchers wrote, according to the Daily Mail.

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