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Prevalence of Sexual and Porn Addiction

Somewhere between 3% and 6% of Americans suffer from some type of sexual addiction. Pornography is a major issue in modern society that leads to broken marriages, bad job performance, and other everyday life problems


We examine prevalence if we want to investigate how often a certain behavior appears. It is expressed in the percentage of people who show certain characteristics or behavior patterns in the general population. Sexual addiction is poorly understood and hard to diagnose. It has become challenging to differentiate normal sexuality from abnormal, excessive sexuality, because in our culture hypersexual behavior and pornography itself is socially acceptable. Forty million American people regularly visit porn sites and 35% of all internet downloads are related to pornography. Experts in this area are becoming better at understanding this sexual disorder, as well as treating it. Professionals that provide healthcare don’t always agree that sex addiction is the appropriate name for this disorder, even though they agree that the syndrome is a real one. A few labels are being used for the same type of behavior, due to these inconsistencies in the definition of sexual addiction. This has led to difficulties in the research of sexual addiction and the determination of its prevalence.


According to The National Council on Sex Addiction and Compulsivity, the best estimates indicate that somewhere between 3% and 6% of Americans suffer from some type of sexual addiction. Sex addiction affects both men and women, and both heterosexual and homosexual people. This behavior seems to be more common among those who also have one or more other addictive disorders. Also, according to Wikipedia, one study gathered 9,265 people using the convenience sampling method, and found that 1% of Internet users are clearly addicted to cybersex and 17% of users meet criteria for problematic sexual compulsivity.

Nearly 50% believe that this addiction had a negative impact on important areas of their life

However, we must take into consideration the stigma following sexual addiction. It is quite a sensitive topic and some people may feel uncomfortable in admitting the existence of such behavior. This could be problematic because most severe cases admit they have a problem and seek help for hypersexual disorder, so the clinical picture of this addiction may be contorted because of that. Sexual addiction reasercher Black DW and colleagues conducted a research with a sample size of 36 people with compulsive sexual behavior. 92% of them reported that they were obsessed with sexual fantasies and urges. Some stated that they were overmuch sexually active. 42% of participants admitted that their frequent fantasies were out of their control, sometimes leading to subjective distress. Many of these people reported having made attempts to hold out with fulfilling their fantasies, but that they did not achieve success.


They felt a certain amount of shame after having a fantasy. These researchers also found that 75% of these individuals took drugs or alcohol during engagement in compulsive behaviors. Maybe these substances disinhibited them so they could complete the activity, maybe they increased the level of enjoyment, or perhaps they used them to suppress their feeling of shame. Participants mentioned the lack of control and its long-standing nature after they were asked what were the major problems of compulsive sexual behavior. Some other concerns were the price of pornography, letting down their loved ones, losing friends, etc. Finally, more than 60% of them felt subjectively distressed due to repetitive sexual fantasies or behaviors, and nearly 50% believed that this addiction had a negative impact on important areas of their life. Frequent intrusive thoughts and procrastination probably impaired their work performance and marriage as well.