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Study: Watching Online Porn Affects Short Term Memory, Decisions

| by Michael Allen

Watching a large amount of online pornography can affect a person’s short-term memory and decision-making ability, according to a new study by German scientists at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

In the study, 28 heterosexual men were asked to view pornographic and non-pornographic pictures while trying to keep their order straight, reports the Daily Mail.

The men were asked to touch a “yes” or “no” key to indicate whether the mixed sexual and non-sexual images had been seen four slides before.

The study found that the men who saw slideshows of mostly clean images scored an average of 80 percent correctly, while men who were viewing mostly pornographic images scored 67 percent correctly.

The researchers believe their study could help psychologists better understand why Internet-porn addicts miss appointments, neglect loved ones and even forget to sleep.

Study author Christian Laier, a graduate student, told the Daily Mail: “Sexual arousal interferes with working memory, an important facet of executive functioning. Sexual arousal and its impacts on cognitive processes might explain parts of these negative effects.”

The findings were published in the November edition of the Journal of Sex Research.