Digital Dopamine: Is Social Media Making Us Horny?

Taking a small cue from social scientist Aydin Paladin’s video regarding chickens and VR, I noticed my ears perk up like an excited dog when she mentioned that dopamine might not be the kind of pleasure hormone that we expect. Pavolv may as well have rang a bell, because I began to furiously salivate after being hit in the face with that golden nugget of wisdom. Considering what I’ve written in the past, it seems like there has been a massive uptick in the amount of sexual behavior that I’ve seen on social media over the past number of years. Taking the zuckcoin monster Facebook as an example here, I’ve noticed that even close friends and family members might be getting a bit more lewd than they would have been back almost a decade ago, when Internet 2.0.was still gaining traction.

Nothing quite says clown world like idiots running around sending random non-consensual pictures of their penis to every woman they meet, and women trying their very best to mock porn stars and other sex workers, regardless of the fact that they are married or in some other kind of relationship. Then you have the youth, which are showing more skin than I’ve ever seen, which could also be an effect of an increased hormone rush fueled by all the dopamine hits chugging along their brainwaves like a train going off its rails.

So how exactly does dopamine affect sexual arousal and our need for procreation? Well, according to this study it would seem that dopamine is definitely a factor in human sexual arousal, at least in men. Hence all the dick pics that you might have in your inbox. Still, it stands to reason that if people are becoming more aroused due to the dopamine fueled reward system known as social media, then that could be why such a great deal of sexual frustration is also being had. This is of course, one study out of several and no completely accurate indication that arousal is inherently fueled by dopamine. The urge to smoke or play video games is also fueled by this substance, so we can’t make any generalizations in this instance.

It is obvious that social media was created to be addictive and thrive on the brain’s pleasure hormone. Without a doubt, there is a chemical rush rewarded to the brain after opening an app and seeing clicks, likes, shares and comments on your posts. Yep, those things sound very rewarding in nature and would certainly be a conduit for addiction. However, it can’t be discerned that even though the dopamine rolling through your head might be accompanied by lewd visuals; that you’re also experiencing sexual arousal. Ultimately, it would have to depend on the person. The biggest takeaway is that in some cases, this could be happening in some small part of the population. Though once again, nothing is set in stone and desire can equate to far more than just sex. Even so, this is still something to think about.

– The Grim Lord

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