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Premature ejaculation less likely in male gamers

According to a new study in Italy.

  • Text: Ford James

A new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine is claiming that men who play video games for at least an hour a day have a lower chance of suffering from premature ejaculation.

The study surveyed 396 Italian men between the ages of 18 and 50, and claims it could happen because video games supply dopamine, also known as "the pleasure hormone" that is involved in stimulating an orgasm, that allows gamers to engage in sexual intercourse for longer.

It's not all good news though. To contrast the lessened chance of premature ejaculation, apparently gamers have a lower sexual desire overall, supposedly because video games can often be stressful to play.

"It can be assumed that 'video game stress' might lead to hyperprolactinemia, possibly resulting in loss of sex drive," they said. The two opposing results "might cause tolerance in the ejaculatory reflex and a decreased interest in intercourse."

Unfortunately, the study cannot determine the exact cause for either of the findings, but Andrea Sansone, the author of the study, said that he hopes further analysis will lead to a better understanding of the relationship between sexual health and gaming.

"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," Andrea Sansone told Broadly.

"We are just scratching the surface of this new field of research: I hope that sooner or later we will be able to produce more solid results. In the meantime, I'll keep playing!"

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