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The truth about pornography

You might think that pornography is harmless, read on to find out how it affects your perspective towards sex and relationships

Have you ever wondered why porn is often viewed in secret? Why does every discussion about pornography conveyed in hushed whispers. Let’s try to understand the psychology of porn:

Blue films used as stimulants

Many teenagers discover porn during adolescence. It is exciting and new. Many teens use it as a stimulant to masturbate. This can become addictive. Slowly, teens make excuses to avoid social gatherings or homework to watch porn videos. It starts to take over their lives.

According to Dr Rajan Bhonsle, sexologist, these are the four stages of pornography:

1.Addiction: When a teen is addicted to watching porn videos every day and finds ways to watch porn on a regular basis.

2.Escalation: Over time, addicts require more explicit material to meet their sexual needs.

3.Desensitisation: What was first perceived as gross, shocking and disturbing, in time becomes common and acceptable.

4. Acting out sexually: There is an increasing tendency to act out behaviours viewed in pornography.

However, this can pose a serious concern in the later stages of their lives. There might be a possibility when teens would want to imitate porn stars. Sex in an intimate romantic relationship or marriage is not like a porn movie.

“Research has shown that pornography and its messages are involved in shaping attitudes and encouraging behaviour that can harm individuals and their families. In addition, pornography promotes the allure of adultery, prostitution and unreal expectations that can result in dangerous promiscuous behaviour,” according to Rajan Bhonsle.

Tips on getting rid of the addiction of watching porn videos by Teentalk India Expert Kshitija Sawant:

1.Sex Education is essential. Whenever, you get the opportunity to attend courses, programs or seminars on sex education, please do so as it will give you some realistic, insights on the concept of sex and reproduction.

2. Knowledge is Power: Once you have the required knowledge, you will come to realize that sex is appropriate in what kind of situations and inappropriate in certain other situations. It is not something that is ‘dirty’ but instead something that needs to be accepted as a way of living life.

3. Additional recreation is a must: As a teenager, it is important for you to channelize your energies by taking up a sport or a favourite past time activity like creative writing, dancing, painting to name a few.

4. Everyone time you find yourself feeling the urge to watch porn, relax, take a few deep breaths and meditate. This will help you to calm down and appreciate what nature has to offer you.




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5 times you should not use your mobile phone

There are moments when you do not need your mobile phone, here are some.
Nishtha JunejaTeentalkindia Content Writer

How many of you have slept while texting your friend or while binge-watching Game of Thrones? Many. What do we do the first thing we get up in the morning, check the notifications on our phone. Keeping up to date with what’s happening around us is fine, but having anxiety about how many “likes” your new Instagram photo got is addictive behaviour. According to research, it is not healthy.

1.Before going to bed

“If I check conversations on the whatsapp group before going to bed, I spent hours on it. This makes me go to sleep late, and wake up groggy,” says a 16-year-old. Late-night conversations have their own charm, no one is denying that, but at the cost of limited sleep and a sick feeling in the morning. According to experts, light from the phone screen supresses the sleep hormone.

2. Waking up in the morning
This might sound insane. Not checking your phone before going to bed and upon waking up, then when exactly do I check my phone. Maybe after you’ve woken up and not exactly the moment you wake up.

3. The moment you feel bored
Most psychologists would advise you to designate particular hours to use your phone, but because of the changing times, it can be challenging. What you can do instead is check your phone when there is a need for checking it. For example, when you want to make a call or send an important text.

4. When you’re having a good time
Many people want to capture good moments and memories by taking lots of pictures on their phone. It’s an awesome way to remember the date you went on or the school trip. However, only taking pictures and putting them on social media might kill the fun of actually being in the moment and enjoying the camping trip with your friends. What is more fun, setting up a camp or taking a photo of setting up a camp?

5. When you’re having an intense conversation with a friend
It is really irritating when your friend wants to share his or her deepest thoughts with you, and all you care about is who is texting you. Psychologists have documented the importance of face-to-face conversation time and again. By that, they mean talking to and looking at the person in front of them and not on video call on your phone.

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