Internet Sexual Addiction

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Internet Sexual Addiction

It seems that the Internet has become an ever-growing part in numerous areas of the everyday lives of people. One area that is worthy of further study involves sexual addiction and how it is related with too much use of the Internet. Some scholars allege that sociopaths are starting to emerge online and it has been dubbed as “technological addictions”. This article looks at Internet addiction with respect to excessive sexual behavior. It includes discussions of the notion of addiction to sex and whether the entire notion is viable. This will be achieved through the assessment of the small quantity of available empirical data. It also concludes that sex on the Internet is a new form of expression that may
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Then again, there is still the argument regarding the most apt term to describe the condition of individuals with extreme sexual behavior including sexual addiction (Carnes, 1983), sexual impulsivity (Barth & Kinder, 1987), sexual compulsion (Coleman, 1986), and non-paraphilia related conditions (Kafka, 1993). Sexual addiction has been defined by Carnes (1999) as any form of compulsive behavior that is sex-related and obstructs a normal life and eventually becomes uncontrollable, although he has also referred to it as a pathological affiliation with an experience that alters the mood (Carnes, 1983). By investigating the psychological motive behind addiction, there seems to be three fundamental classifications: fantasy addictions (sexual activities that break away from mundane reality), satiation addictions (sexual activities that ease discomfort and tension), and arousal addictions (sexual activities that thrill and stimulate).Sexual behavior has the ability to encompass all these three classifications of sexual addiction. It is difficult to determine the level of sexual addiction though approximations vary from three percent to six percent of the population (Carnes, 1999). In addition, studies show that there exists a high association between childhood abuse and addiction to sex in adulthood, and it is very common for a sex addict to have gone through significant levels of sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse. Socio-demographic factors are distorted by

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