Porn Declared Public Health Crisis In Florida

On Tuesday, Florida lawmakers in the House of Representatives declared pornography a public health crisis.

The approved resolution states that "there needs to be more education, research and policy changes to protect Florida residents from porn," reports the Associated Press.

In January, Republican Rep. Ross Spano addressed Florida's House Health & Human Services Committee about the dangers of porn, which he said includes a correlation between porn use and mental illness and dangerous sexual behavior.

"Research has found a correlation between pornography use and mental and physical illnesses, difficulty forming and maintaining intimate relationships, unhealthy brain development and cognitive function, and deviant, problematic or dangerous sexual behavior," said Rep. Spano.

As noted by Daily Wire's Matt Walsh in November, Americans are watching porn at an alarming rate.

"We dedicated well over four and a half billion hours to watching porn on one porn site in 2016. Just on Porn Hub, humanity spent twice as much time viewing porn in a year as it has spent existing on planet Earth. The site had over 90 billion video views and 44,000 visitors every minute of every day. It all adds up to over 500 thousand years worth of porn consumed in the span of 12 months. Since 2015, human beings have spent one million years watching porn," wrote Walsh.

In 2014, a German study revealed that the brains of men who consume a lot of pornography "tend to be smaller in certain key areas and have fewer connections than those of other men."

Some studies have also linked sex crimes and porn use:

One research study analyzed the various arguments and data presented by other studies that contended the lack of reliable connections between pornography and aggressive sexual behavior. The study concluded that, in fact, there was existence of reliable associations between frequent pornography use and sexually aggressive behaviors, particularly for violent pornography and/or for men at high risk for sexual aggression (Malamuth, Neil et. al., 2000).

Another study collected from 100 survivors at a rape crisis center discovered that 28% of respondents reported that their abuser used pornography and that for 12% of the women, pornography was imitated during the abusive incident (Bergen, Raquel Kennedy, 2000).

And the negative consequences persistent porn consumption can have on real-life intimacy seem pretty apparent, even being addressed by left-leaning outlets like The Huffington Post.

"The physical appearance or flaws of his real-life woman, compared to the perverse or perfect bodies he habitually views, is an issue that hampers his getting an erection, but there are other factors that lead to dysfunction," writes Stephen Arterburn. "Sex has now become an act in isolation, so he has a very difficult time fusing love and intimate connection with having sex. His pseudo-sex life is not integrated into the whole of who he is; it is separate and compartmentalized. He can’t instantly substitute the illicitly erotic and naughty images for a wife he has disappointed — a partner who feels disconnected, who fills him with anxiety, has her own needs and desires, and can judge his manhood."

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