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
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Premature ejaculation (PE) is quite a common male sexual dysfunction, including between 30-70% of men of all ages. Nowadays it is described as a general difficulty or inability to exercise voluntary control over ejaculation or to delay it; this lack of control generates increasing levels of frustration, stress and even fear in males negatively affecting their sexual life and, by extension, generally damages couple relations and partnerships.
If premature ejaculation is suspected, the first rule is to remember that the problem can be tackled successfully, especially if treated early. Therefore, no one should feel embarrassed or ashamed for seeking medical advice as soon as possible. Trying to live with the problem is only likely to exacerbate anxiety and psychological disturbances, resulting in worsening of the disorder. Urologists/andrologists and sexologists are the referral specialists in this case.