Video games can affect men’s sex drive

Italian scientists analyzed data from 396 men aged 18 to 50, 72% of whom were playing video games for at least one hour each day and the rest of them were playing less or not at all.

As the researchers found, volunteers playing video games for more than an hour a day were less likely to experience premature ejaculation, however they had reduced sexual desire compared to those who did not play video games.

In fact, none of the players seemed to meet the criteria of premature ejaculation, while men who did not play video games only at 31% were the same. 34% of non-players were believed to have “possible premature ejaculation”, while a 35% of them meet all the criteria of premature ejaculation.

The differences between the two groups regarding erectile function, orgasm frequency and total sex satisfaction were minimal. However, the erotic desire of non-players was apparently higher.

Researchers at the Sapienza and Tor Vergata Universities in Rome believe that video games have an impact on the dopaminergic reward system of the brain. Dopamine is a hormone associated with pleasure and is involved in ejaculation and orgasm. It is also increased when players perform well on games.

The finding may allow a different approach to the patient with premature ejaculation and reduced desire. However, several studies still need to be made to clinically use this information.

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