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Master’s Ranch Christian Academy boys ranch is an adventurous place that softens the hearts of troubled boys ages 9-17 who are misbehaving and struggling with self-destructive or dangerous behaviors like pornography. With a strong emphasis on work and responsibility, we help boys transform into responsible, respectful, and peaceful young men. Call for more information, at (417) 938-4711.
When Your Boy Connects with Pornography
Master’s Ranch Christian Academy’s experienced, credentialed, and licensed counselors understand that when your young boy struggles with pornography, then you want to find the best solution to help him break free from this destructive behavior.
Pornography is powerful and creates a desire for more. It’s far more pervasive than you would suspect. In general, the rise of social media, sexting, and technology has created an issue for both boys and girls to fall prey to the effects of pornography. (1)
Porn’s Effect on Young Brains
The porn industry knows the effects of porn are damaging, especially for teens. In adolescence, the brain is easily motivated by perceived rewards. The reward pathway in the brain—the ventral tegmental area, the nucleus acumens, and the pre-frontal cortex—is at its most sensitive state. (1)
When stimulated, the brain releases dopamine into that pathway. This creates a cascading effect of memory and motivation. The brain wants more and more. When dopamine is released as a result of pornography, it’s detrimental. It causes the brain to focus on pornography above anything else. (1)
Between the ages of 12 and 20, the human brain undergoes a period of great neuroplasticity. The brain is in a malleable phase during which billions of new synaptic connections are made. This leaves us vulnerable to the influence of our surroundings and leads our brains to be “wired” around the experiences and information that we receive during that time period. (2)
When an adolescent boy compulsively views pornography, his brain chemistry can become shaped around the attitudes and situations that he is watching. Sadly, pornography paints an unrealistic picture of sexuality and relationships that can create an expectation for real-life experiences that will never be fulfilled. (2)
Research on Effects of Porn Issues (1)
The research states that when teens view pornography they can develop:
- Unrealistic sexual beliefs and values
- An over-focus or obsession on sex
- Sexually aggressive behaviors
- An earlier interest in having sex
- Sexually permissive behaviors
- Questions about their own body
- Behavior problems
- Depressive feelings
- Bonding issues with others, including their parents
- Questions about their sexual performance
Viewing pornography can have various negative effects on emotional, psychological, and physical health. These effects include higher rates of depression, anxiety, violent behavior, early sexual activity, promiscuity, increased risk of teen pregnancy, and a distorted perception of gender relationships between men and women.
Porn issues can have severe negative consequences on a teen’s work, social and personal lives. Teens who have a porn struggles find themselves unable to stop their behaviors, even though they may want to. However, porn issues can be successfully treated with professional help through psychotherapy or counseling.
FIND HELP NOW at Master’s Ranch Christian Academy in Myrtle, MO
Master’s Ranch Christian Academy’s family-style ranch-life boarding school and therapeutic program in south-eastern Missouri feature experienced counselors, first-class academics with a Christian worldview, and adventurous wilderness activities. Teen boys also benefit from vocational training and mentoring, designed to better transition them into adulthood.Call now to find help for your boy. We’re here for you and your family. (417) 938-4711 .