Alright, alright, stop giggling. We have some important news for all of you male gamers out there. Recent studies The Journal of Sexual Medicine conducted a fairly comprehensive study on the relationship between those who play video games and sexual performance. Yeah, I know. Take a deep breath because there is some good news here, and some bad news.
Let's start with the good news first. The good news is that if you play video games, it seems you're more likely to last in bed for as long as you want. According to the study, researchers "found a lower prevalence of premature ejaculation in gamers compared with non-gamers."
So that's nice I suppose. The next time you're getting really sloshy at the bar and feel like leaning over to your date to make some kind of inappropriate connection between gamers and hand-eye coordination, just remember that you have a medically-backed study that suggests that you can go a while in the sack (we're totally kidding, please don't do any of that).
So what's the bad news?
The Bad News
The bad news is, according to the study, there was a pretty direct correlation between high amounts of time spent playing video games, and decreasing sex drive. In other words, the men who played the most video games tended to be the men least interested in having sex. We know, it seems like common sense would suggest the complete opposite, but hey, science is science.
The lead author of the study chimed in to give their two cents: "I think that video games might be similar to physical exercise in these regards: occasional use might have beneficial effects, but when some threshold between 'occasional use' and 'chronic abuse' is crossed, ill effects might occur."
One theory suggests that guys who play a lot of video games see a lot of dopamine stimulation, which helps to stimulate orgasm. The suggestion is that guys eventually build up a kind of tolerance to that kind of stimulation and excitement. An instinctive response trigger to dopamine's influence is that it's kind of "business as usual."
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