Internet Porn And The Rise Of Sex Addiction

Statistics for sex addiction are hard to come by for a number of reasons. Some experts still deny the existence of sex addiction, also known as hypersexual disorder. Diagnosing this condition isn’t easy and, of course, it is likely that a high percentage of people struggling with it are too ashamed to ask for help. In spite of the shaky statistics, many experts who work with sex addicts agree that the problem is on the rise, and many attribute the near epidemic levels of sex addiction to the easy access to Internet pornography.

Sex Addiction And Pornography

Defining sex addiction is similar to defining any addiction. A person addicted to sex is obsessed with any type of sexual behavior, action or thoughts. This could mean masturbation, actual sex with multiple partners, using pornography, sexual or lewd jokes or anything else sexual. A sex addict feels an overwhelming impulse to engage in these acts or thoughts and does so to the detriment of other aspects of her life. She continues in spite of the damage caused to her relationships, her normal activities or even her work.

Easy-Access Of Internet Porn & Rise Of Sex Addiction - It’sCheatingPornography does not have to be a part of sex addiction, but it often is. It can act almost like a gateway drug. It’s easy for anyone with Internet access to get pornography for free. While for some people it may simply become a healthy occasional diversion, others become obsessed with viewing it. Some sex addicts may use pornography exclusively, while others may use it as just one of a few different sexual obsessions.

Sex Addiction On The Rise

Experts estimate that 3 percent to 5 percent of the U.S. population meets the criteria. This means that around 9 million Americans have a problem with sex addiction. A definite statistic that illustrates the increase in cases of sex addiction is the fact that there are about 1,500 therapists specializing in treating sex addiction. This number is up from 100 or fewer just 10 years ago.

These therapists and other professionals working with sex addicts report that they not only see more patients, but that the demographics are shifting. Previously, specialists saw mostly middle-aged men for treatment. Now they are reporting more women, young adults and even senior citizens coming in for treatment.

Internet Pornography – Easy-Access Porn

Most experts attribute the increasing cases of sex addiction, as well as the changing demographics, to Internet pornography. Never before in history has it been so easy to get pornographic material. The quantity and diversity of material is astounding and much of it is free. Anyone with a computer and Internet access can get anything from traditional porn to violent fetish porn and even illegal child pornography.

Experts are quick to point out that most people can view pornography and not become addicted, but the ease of access makes it more likely that a casual viewer will get hooked. The constant stream of varied content draws people in and leads them to be exposed more and more to the images and videos. They easily become desensitized (much like a drug addict develops a tolerance) and require more hardcore porn to be satisfied.

Bringing attention to the issue of sexual addictions and the problems caused by Internet porn is important. More than other addictions, this one carries a lot of shame and stigma. It is difficult to ask for help when sex is the problem. With more awareness, more people suffering will feel empowered to get help.

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