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I think if you work for the SEC, it's safe to say that the answer is no. In all seriousness though, a few days ago I stumbled upon an interesting TED video which discusses the physical changes that watching porn can cause to the brain. One of the points brought up is that behaviors related to watching too much porn can cause symptoms of, among other things, social anxiety.

The speaker in the video, Gary Wilson, states that there isn't much research yet about the specific effects of porn on the brain, but in the video description is a link to his website, which has numerous firsthand accounts of people describing changes that occurred after they stopped watching porn all the time. Many of them describe social anxiety, lack of confidence, lack of energy and motivation, and so on, that gets better after they stop looking at porn.

These observations are all of course subjective, and obviously there's not really a way to find out, but I'm also curious to know what kinds of people these are writing these observations. Are they mostly basement-dwelling neckbeards, or are they more 'normal' folks? And that's what got me thinking about this in the context of interviews, work, etc.

Porn has become so ingrained in society that it's almost unusual for one to not watch it at least occasionally. What if it really is causing changes to our brains that we aren't even realizing? Changes that cause us to behave much more differently than we normally would. The video does indeed point out that this is an issue humanity hasn't really faced before, with all the streaming and downloading and whatnot.

In my time I've had the distinct pleasure, as I'm sure many of you have as well, of interviewing some kids that looked quite polished on paper. In the interview you find they are indeed smart and can answer all the technical questions without a problem, but when it comes to "fit", you find them to be just weird, and not in a good way.

What if them wanking it to porn had something to do with it? What if, without even realizing it, that's they may be lacking the confidence they need to go out there and win some offers? What if, without even realizing it, porn is somehow causing those who look at it to lack the confidence and energy to go out there and be awesome?

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  • Asatar's picture

    Knowing I outstrip all the men I see in porn gives me all the confidence I need.

  • wolverine19x89's picture

    oh crap... this may be bad news

    If your dreams don't scare you, then they are not big enough.

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  • BatMasterson's picture

    Q: which one is tougher: breaking into porn or IBanking ?

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  • In reply to BatMasterson
    JPMortgage's picture

    Financier4Hire:
    Q: which one is tougher: breaking into porn or IBanking ?

    Well in one you have to take it in the ass for a few years until you get on top. And in the other you just need a big dick.

    "If it were easy, everyone would do it"

  • computerized's picture

    Seen this before and actually perused his site. All his points are very good and I definitely think porn can be detrimental to sexual performance and behaviour. Keyword is can - everyone is different and clearly some people's brains are wired differently.

  • In reply to BatMasterson
    BTbanker's picture

    Financier4Hire:
    Q: which one is tougher: breaking into porn or IBanking ?

    Equivalent. Both require taking it up the ass.

  • In reply to BTbanker
    Mr.Saxman's picture

    BTbanker:
    Financier4Hire:
    Q: which one is tougher: breaking into porn or IBanking ?

    Equivalent. Both require taking it up the ass.

    I don't know what type of porn you watch but....

  • In reply to Mr.Saxman
    BTbanker's picture

    Mr.Saxman:
    BTbanker:
    Financier4Hire:
    Q: which one is tougher: breaking into porn or IBanking ?

    Equivalent. Both require taking it up the ass.

    I don't know what type of porn you watch but....


    asian ass porn... good, clean fun

  • Unforseen's picture

    xvideos has a new search query by pornstars....just sayin

  • DonVon's picture

    I think porn comp is pretty good though. I'm sure the hours are great, and let's face it, the nature of the work isn't nearly as laborious as spreadsheets. Exit opportunities, on the other hand, seem pretty limited.

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  • In reply to DonVon
    Going Concern's picture

    DonVon:
    I think porn comp is pretty good though. I'm sure the hours are great, and let's face it, the nature of the work isn't nearly as laborious as spreadsheets. Exit opportunities, on the other hand, seem pretty limited.

    Have you ever watched Entourage? I think the exit opps are definitely competitive. I think at the end of the day it really comes down to fit.

  • In reply to Going Concern
    BTbanker's picture

    Going Concern:
    DonVon:
    I think porn comp is pretty good though. I'm sure the hours are great, and let's face it, the nature of the work isn't nearly as laborious as spreadsheets. Exit opportunities, on the other hand, seem pretty limited.

    Have you ever watched Entourage? I think the exit opps are definitely competitive. I think at the end of the day it really comes down to fit.


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  • marcellus_wallace's picture

    Social Anxiety? Lack of Confidence? Lack of Energy?

    Nah, more like the dude in Shame who is a sex addict that uses as a relief from his upscale pain the ass stressful day-to-day life and job.

  • Going Concern's picture

    I'm still keeping hope that Rollergirl will have a comeback! They don't make em like they used to.

  • onespeed's picture

    You know who watched alot of porn and displayed none of the prescribed traits , Patrick Bateman.

  • onedumbmonkey's picture

    No-Fap Is The First Step To The Rest Of Your Life With Women
    http://cavemancircus.com/2012/06/25/no-fap-is-the-...

    "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid"

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