Videogame enthusiasts suffer less from early ejaculation

A new study sheds light on the link between videogames and sexual health. According to Italian research, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, video games enthusiasts – (non-compulsive players), who spend on average an hour a day with a keyboard and joystick – are less likely to suffer from premature ejaculation compared to those who ignore PC and console gaming. The bad news is that the gaming phenomenon creates a decline in sexual desire. In a questionnaire a team of clinicians and researchers at the Sapienza University of Rome, the University of Tor Vergata and other institutes asked 599 men aged between 18 and 50 questions about their sexual activity and satisfaction, passion and time spent playing video games. The study's authors stated that "the analysis of results showed a lower prevalence of premature ejaculation among video game players than non-gamers. However, there were no significant differences between the two groups regarding erectile dysfunction, ease of orgasm and general sexual satisfaction". The authors concluded that video games might, among other things, stimulate rewarding brain circuits and dopamine release, an effect similar to that seen after sexual activity. This could result in a sort of "tolerance" that leads to delaying ejaculation. At the expense of desire.

Sansone, A., Sansone, M., Proietti, M., Ciocca, G., Lenzi, A., Jannini, E. A., and Romanelli, F., Relationship between use of videogames and sexual health in adult males, The Journal of Sex Medicine (2017)

PP-SH-UK-0016 | Date of preparation: Feb 2018