Studies have shown that almost all men (and many women) who have internet access, will go online and watch adult videos. Most will visit free video sites like Orgasm.com or other erotic movie sites. Nothing wrong with it, as long as the actors and viewers are of legal age. A fascinating new study is now giving us an inside look into what’s going on in our brains while we’re watching hot movies.
How do our brains respond to adult movies?
A new study out of The Netherlands has shown that although when people are watching non erotic movies or doing any other normal visual task, the brian sends extra blood flow to this brain region. However, when the movies are pornographic, the brain seems to move blood (and therefore energy) elsewhere, perhaps to regions of the brain responsible for arousal.
Our brains don’t need to be seeing the erotic images to…get the picture.
According to researcher Gert Ho Gert Holstege, a uroneurologist at the University of Groningen Medical Center in the Netherlands.
“If you look, for example, at your computer and you have to write something or whatever, then you have to look specifically and carefully at what you’re doing because if you don’t, it means you make mistakes,” Holstege told LiveScience. “But the moment you are watching explicit sexual movies, that’s not necessary, because you know exactly what’s going on. It’s not important that the door is green or yellow.”
If you’re aroused, you can’t be anxious.
The brain can either be anxious or aroused (or neither), Holstege said, but not both. During orgasm, he has found, activity in brain regions associated with anxiety plummets.
This phenomenon may explain why women with low levels of sexual desire often have high levels of anxiety, Holstege said. It makes sense; if you’re looking around, focusing on visual details, scanning for danger, it may not be so easy to focus on arousal, he said.
The findings have implications for sexual dysfunction, Holstege said, as they paint a picture of the brain in which safety is paramount and anxiety is a libido-killer.
“If you want to have sex, as a man, you need to produce a safe situation for the woman,” Holstege said. “That is what you want, that is the most important thing.”
Bottom line, safe sex, is, as always good sex. Also, if you’re watching an erotic film, you may want to just focus…on your arousal and nothing else!