Your Brain on Porn

YBOP-v3.2Today my imprint Commonwealth publishes Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction.

Professor Anthony I Jack writes in the foreword:

Addiction to internet pornography is a very real phenomenon with a very real impact on well-being. It is a phenomenon which has grown exponentially in the last decade, even though it has remained largely invisible and undetected by society. Tragically, its risks continue to be ignored or actively denied by all but a few enlightened medical professionals. It is a phenomenon that is not just here to stay, but also likely to increase. It is almost certainly the cause of the widespread sexual dysfunction found in recent studies of late adolescence. It is a problem that is most likely impacting you, or your loved ones, without you even being aware of it.

Surfing the internet and jerking off to porn is never going to have the outlaw glamour associated with, say, bebop and heroin. But if we are going to have a sensible debate about porn we ought to pay attention to what it is, and what it does to many of its users.

In Your Brain on Porn Gary Wilson sets out to give us the means to talk more sensibly about porn. Of course we could just continue to insist that what we happen to think carries the force of cosmic legislation and to hell with the facts. But I know that, in the end, we want the truth more than we want comforting fantasies peddled by paid lobbyists.*

You can buy Your Brain on Porn via the Commonwealth website, or from Amazon.

*I don’t actually know that, but I am kind of committed to the proposition.

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