Reward Foundation brain love sex

The Reward Foundation offers a pioneering approach to love, sex & relationships

Warm, loving relationships are necessary for a healthy, successful life whatever our sexual identity or practice. Yet loving relationships don’t just happen automatically. Sexual desire develops at puberty and is driven primarily by biology. We have to learn how to bond effectively with others to develop good relationships. Internet pornography manipulates our sexual desire and distracts us from the skills we need to bond. Research reveals a range of mental and physical health problems that come with compulsive porn use including mood dissatisfaction, concentration symptoms, sexual performance difficulties as well as indications of addiction. Here are some facts:

* 87.8 billion videos viewed world-wide in 2015 via Pornhub, the largest producer

* 10 million porn sessions  in UK per day (average duration 9 mins 16 secs) via Pornhub. Commercial suppliers give no statistics on use by under-18s

* 1.4 million unique visitors to adult sites in Britain were under the age of 18 in May 2015 (Department of Culture, Media and Sport, 2016)

* 90% of young people have smartphones, the most common way of accessing internet pornography today

* adolescents are the most susceptible to addiction and cross addiction due to their unique brain development

The Reward Foundation provides as much free, independent, evidence-based information as possible about prevention and recovery strategies. We offer user-friendly and practical material based on the latest research in neuroscience and social science.  Whether you are a parent, teacher, healthcare or criminal justice professional, or private individual interested in how internet technology may be affecting our behaviour, there is something here for you.


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