Recent Studies Describing Porn or Sex Addiction (or CSBD) Rates

Rates of porn addiction, sex addiction or compulsive sexual behaviour disorder in the general population are gradually being revealed by ongoing research. Online sexual activities: An exploratory study of problematic and non-problematic usage patterns in a sample of men (2016) Computers in Human Behavior Volume 56, March 2016, Pages 257–266 COMMENTS: This Belgian study (Leuven) […]

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Mood changes after watching pornography on the Internet are linked to symptoms of Internet-pornography-viewing disorder (2016)

Addictive Behaviors Reports Available online 8 December 2016 Christian Laiera, , , Matthias Branda, b http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2016.11.003 Highlights Investigation of mood and sexual arousal before and after self-determined Internet pornography use in private environment Watching pornography was associated to changes in mood and indicators of sexual arousal Mood before and after Internet pornography use as well […]

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Cyberpornography: Time Use, Perceived Addiction, Sexual Functioning, and Sexual Satisfaction (2016)

YBOP COMMENTS: This study reported two seemingly contradictory findings in regard to porn use: More time spent viewing porn correlated with lower sexual satisfaction More time spent viewing porn correlated with less sexual dysfunction Wouldn’t it make sense for poorer sexual satisfaction to always be related to more sexual dysfunction? How could more porn use […]

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Is Utah #1 in Porn Use?

UPDATE: The points made below have now been affirmed in peer-reviewed research. In Social Desirability Bias in Pornography-Related Self-Reports: The Role of Religion (2017), Dr. Joshua Grubbs tested his hypothesis that religious individuals are more likely to lie about their porn use (in anonymous surveys studies or to researchers). The “religious people are lying” hypothesis […]

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Clinical Characteristics of Men Interested in Seeking Treatment for Use of Pornography (2016)

Comment: Approximately 28% (n  = 359) of men scored at (or above) the suggested HBI total clinical cutoff (≥53) indicating the presence of a possible hypersexual disorder. J Behav Addict. 2016 Jun;5(2):169-78. doi: 10.1556/2006.5.2016.036. Kraus SW1,2,3, Martino S2,3, Potenza MN3,4. LINK TO FULL TEXT Abstract Background and aims This study examined the prevalence of, and factors […]

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Studies linking porn use or porn/sex addiction to sexual dysfunctions and poorer sexual & relationship satisfaction

Reality Check about Porn Addiction Regardless of what you may read in some journalistic accounts, multiple studies reveal a link between porn use and sexual performance problems, relationship and sexual dissatisfaction, and reduced brain activation to sexual stimuli. Let’s start with sexual dysfunctions. Studies assessing young male sexuality since 2010 report historic levels of sexual […]

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Examining Correlates of Problematic Internet Pornography Use Among University Students (2016)

J Behav Addict. 2016 May 9:1-13. Harper C1, Hodgins DC1. Abstract Background and aims The phenomenon of Internet pornography (IP) addiction is gaining increasing attention in the popular media and psychological research.What has not been tested empirically is how frequency and amount of IP use, along with other individual characteristics, are related to symptoms of […]

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YBOP response to Jim Pfaus’s “Trust a Scientist: Sex Addiction Is a Myth” (January, 2016)

How about trusting addiction neuroscientists and peer-reviewed papers? Before I address many of the claims within the Pfaus article (link to the Pfaus article), it must be noted that Jim Pfaus omitted the 52 neuroscience-based studies (and 27 reviews of the literature and commentaries) on porn users published in the last few years. So far, […]

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What Matters: Quantity or Quality of Pornography Use? Psychological and Behavioral Factors of Seeking Treatment for Problematic Pornography Use (2016)

COMMENTS: This study said it was the first to examine the associations between the amount of porn use, negative symptoms (as assessed by the Sexual Addiction Screening Test-Revised SAST-R), and other factors in individuals seeking treatment for problematic porn use. That study also surveyed non-treatment seeking porn users. As with other studies frequency of porn […]

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David Ley’s Blog Post “We Must Rely on Good Science in Porn Debate” (March 2, 2016)

Disagreeing with one’s heroes is always an interesting growth experience. As young psychologists, we learn about the revolutionary work of Dr. Philip Zimbardo, and the way in which his research and insights have changed our understandings of human behavior and morality. As a psychologist, and a person, I owe Dr. Zimbardo a debt of gratitude. […]

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