Social media addiction reduces sexual performance over time. The outcome of a recent study suggests that addiction to social media may lead to poor sexual performance over time.
The study showed that using social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok in an addictive manner may increase the risk of having poor sexual function.
The study offers proof that a number of sexual issues affect both men and women who use social media. That is, frequently and compulsively. Social media use can develop addiction-like traits, and when this happens, it may affect your mood over time. This was according to Rui Miguel Costa, the lead author of the research.
“Given that poor mood is connected to sexual issues, I was surprised that there isn’t more research looking into the link between social media addiction and sexual difficulties,” he said.
“To the best of my knowledge, just one study conducted by Alimoradi and colleagues in 2019 has made the suggestion that more compulsive social media use would be harmful to female sexual function. I made the decision to research social media addiction and sexual troubles in both men and women,” he added.
The data evaluated for this study was obtained from 946 women and 235 men. They completed assessments of sexual function and problematic smartphone use. Also, 536 women and 194 men who completed assessments of sexual function and problematic social networking site use. All of the subjects had recently engaged in sexual activity with partners of the opposite sex within the past month.
Addiction to social media and sexual function
The subjects were asked a series of questions in order to measure the problematic use of social networking sites. “Do you neglect household chores to spend more time on social networking sites?.” “Do others in your life complain to you about the amount of time you spend online?.” “Does your job performance or productivity suffer because of staying on social networking sites?.”
The researchers discovered a connection between problematic social networking site use and decreased sexual function and sexual distress. Problematic use of social networking sites among women was connected to reduced sex arousal. Also linked to lubrication challenges, orgasm challenges, sexual dissatisfaction, coital discomfort and higher levels of sexual distress.
However, among men, problematic usage of social networking sites was connected to worse orgasmic difficulties. Also, decreased erectile function, decreased desire, intercourse dissatisfaction and overall sexual dissatisfaction.
Problematic smartphone use has also been connected to decreased sexual function and sexual distress. However, after the researchers took into account the problematic use of social networking sites, these connections largely vanished.
Therefore, rather than the addictive use of smartphones in general, the researchers found that the use of social networking sites that have the characteristics of addiction appears to be most connected with decreased sexual function.
If using social media frequently interferes with daily activities, job, sleep, personal relationships or face-to-face social contacts in general, Costa said, “it is helpful to limit use of social media.”
The downside of social media addiction
Also, if using social media frequently causes you to feel unwanted emotions like resentment, envy, disappointment, loneliness or alienation, it may be useful to cut back on the usage, or at least adjust how you use it.
There needs to be more investigation into the potential mechanisms through which social media can affect mood and sexual function. But it’s also possible that people with sexual problems are more likely to make bad decisions on social networking sites.
Costa said, “The study is correlational.” Hence, experimental research is now required to determine whether sexual function is enhanced by limiting social media use or by avoiding the unfavorable emotions that social media can elicit.
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