About Us

about us

about us ybop your brain on porn is about what it says in the name – your brain and porn. It is maintained by a group effort that includes men who have recovered from internet-porn related problems. It was founded by the late Gary Wilson, a retired anatomy, physiology & pathology teacher (more below).

You can contact YBOP admins herePlease do not ask YBOP admins questions specific to your situation. YBOP does not diagnose or provide medical or sexual advice. See quitting porn and the support page for help with your porn-related problems.

More about us

1) Is this site religious?

The site’s founder was an atheist and politically liberal (as were his parents and grandparents). For more see this 2016 interview of Gary Wilson by Noah B. Church. Also watch this 2019 interview where Gary & Mark Queppet discuss the defamatory harassment by porn science deniers who endeavored to discredit and defame Gary. (Begin here, at minute 28.)

Gary Wilson

Gary died in 2021: press release. If you want to leave a comment on his memorial site visit https://www.garywilson.life/. You can also watch this online gathering from a year later.

2) Does anyone make money from YBOP?

  • The proceeds from Gary Wilson’s book go to charity. Gary Wilson accepted no fees for speaking. Contributions received since his death also go to charity.
  • Looking for a public speaker? (men who have recovered from porn-induced sexual dysfunctions)

3) What is the current state of the research on Internet porn addiction and porn’s effects?

Porn linked to problems
Porn and sexism
  • Porn use affecting beliefs, attitudes and behaviors? More than 40 studies link porn use to “un-egalitarian attitudes” toward women and sexist views – or the summary from this 2016 meta-analysis: Media and Sexualization: State of Empirical Research, 1995–2015. Excerpt:

    The goal of this review was to synthesize empirical investigations testing effects of media sexualization. The focus was on research published in peer-reviewed, English-language journals between 1995 and 2015. A total of 109 publications that contained 135 studies were reviewed. The findings provided consistent evidence that both laboratory exposure and regular, everyday exposure to this content are directly associated with a range of consequences, including higher levels of body dissatisfaction, greater self-objectification, greater support of sexist beliefs and of adversarial sexual beliefs, and greater tolerance of sexual violence toward women. Moreover, experimental exposure to this content leads both women and men to have a diminished view of women’s competence, morality, and humanity.

Sexual aggression and porn
Porn and youth

Increased access to the Internet by adolescents has created unprecedented opportunities for sexual education, learning, and growth. Conversely, the risk of harm that is evident in the literature has led researchers to investigate adolescent exposure to online pornography in an effort to elucidate these relationships. Collectively, these studies suggest that youth who consume pornography may develop unrealistic sexual values and beliefs. Among the findings, higher levels of permissive sexual attitudes, sexual preoccupation, and earlier sexual experimentation have been correlated with more frequent consumption of pornography…. Nevertheless, consistent findings have emerged linking adolescent use of pornography that depicts violence with increased degrees of sexually aggressive behavior.

The literature does indicate some correlation between adolescents’ use of pornography and self-concept. Girls report feeling physically inferior to the women they view in pornographic material, while boys fear they may not be as virile or able to perform as the men in these media. Adolescents also report that their use of pornography decreased as their self-confidence and social development increase. Additionally, research suggests that adolescents who use pornography, especially that found on the Internet, have lower degrees of social integration, increases in conduct problems, higher levels of delinquent behavior, higher incidence of depressive symptoms, and decreased emotional bonding with caregivers.

Studies demonstrating causation
Debunking the naysayers

4) Has Gary Wilson published in the peer-reviewed literature?

5) Are there any studies that falsify the porn addiction model?

  • No. Despite claims you may see in the press, there are not. In this 2018 presentation Gary Wilson exposes the truth behind 5 questionable and misleading studies, including the two flawed EEG studies (Steele et al., 2013 and Prause et al., 2015): Porn Research: Fact or Fiction?
  • As stated above, the World Health Organization’s medical diagnostic manual, The International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), now contains a diagnosis suitable for porn addiction or sex addiction: “Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder.” The debate is over, although the guerrillas of the APA’s DSM-5 continue to pretend like they haven’t yet noticed the new section in the ICD-11.

6) Do doctors and therapists recognize and treat porn-induced sexual dysfunctions?

  • Yes. This page contains articles and interviews with some 150 experts (urology professors, urologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, sexologists, MDs) who acknowledge and have successfully treated porn-induced ED and porn-induced loss of sexual desire.

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth

the humble reasoning of a single individual. ~Galileo