Just like drug addicts and alcoholics, sex addicts are driven by habitual compulsions that subconsciously distract from deeper troubles. Instead of drugs and alcohol, however; sex addicts crave sexual encounters or pornography.
Robert Weiss, of the Sexual Recovery Institute in LA, explained that sexual addiction is about “chasing that emotional high: losing yourself in image after image, prostitute after prostitute, affair after affair”.
People suffering with the disorder can end up catching diseases, losing jobs and ruining friendships and relationships.
Not long ago, sex addicts were mostly older men between the ages of 50 and 60. Today, more and more young people, very elderly people and females are admitting to their problems.
According to Newsweek, who conducted the investigation, the rise in sexual addiction can be attributed to the liberation of online pornography and the disintegrating taboos that once lent structure and discipline to our innate desires.
40 million Americans log in to 4.2 million pornographic websites every day, suggesting that ease of accessibility only adds weight to the problem. Technologies such as Skype and Facebook make it far easier to conduct extramarital affairs across the internet, and could go some way to explaining the new phenomenon.
It is unclear whether ‘sex addiction’ itself is on the rise, or if we have simply attributed a pejorative label to a natural occurrence.
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