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Women Can Have Problems With Compulsive Masturbation

The first time Libby saw pornography she was 6 years old. Her parents had gone away on a long weekend and her grandma had come to stay. Grandma had allowed Libby to stay up past her bedtime, watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid on VHS. By the time it was finished, it was past 9 p.m. and Grandma was snoring in the outstretched recliner, her crossword puzzle long since forgotten. Libby had climbed down off the sofa and gone to her parent’s bedroom, where she climbed into their bed. Her parents usually fell asleep with their TV on, so Libby clicked the power button on the remote. It didn’t seem to come on right away so she kept clicking buttons. Her parent’s TV had cable from satellite, and when the screen finally lit up, the station playing was a pornography channel.

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Consumer Electronics Show Reveals New Routes to Sexual Addiction

Consumer Electronics Show Reveals New Routes to Sexual Addiction Sexual addiction and technology are inexorably tied to one another, and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has revealed the new generation of devices destined to lure the vulnerable into a constant search for sexual gratification. Although many will be able to use the devices for their intended purposes without descending into a technologically-fuelled sex addiction, for those at particular risk for developing the condition, newer technologies will add another layer of realism to virtual encounters and increase the temptation to engage in transient, anonymous real-world encounters. Technology isn’t to blame for the issues, but it provides constant opportunity that compounds existing problems and represents a perpetual source of temptation. 

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When Does Love or Sex Turn Into an Addiction?

200398450-001When you first “fall in love” all of your being is affected. Your emotions run high. Your body responds. Your mind becomes preoccupied with thoughts of the other person. In many ways the first flushes of romance mirror some of the symptoms of addiction. Is it therefore possible to become addicted to love or romance?

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Men and Women See Cheating Differently

Men and Women See Cheating DifferentlyTo cheat on a spouse or partner can have devastating consequences. It may mean the end of the relationship. How we define cheating, however, varies from person to person, and as researchers have found out, also between men and women. At one time, cheating was considered to be a physical act. Today we have other ways to commit infidelity, including emotional attachments to another person. Which is worse? Emotional infidelity or sex without any emotional attachment?

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For the Sex Addict, Desire Never Sleeps

For the Sex Addict, Desire Never SleepsSexual addiction is like many other types of addiction. It can ruin relationships, limit academic or employment achievement and create financial difficulties. Much like a substance abuse problem or a gambling addiction, sex addiction can erode relationships with friends and family and lead to loneliness and isolation.

 

Detecting a sex addiction can be difficult. Much like eating disorders, it can be hard for friends and family to recognize disordered behaviors. Just like eating and its relationship to eating disorders, sex is a natural and healthy behavior. Friends and family may wonder if what they are seeing is normal or a sign that sex addiction is developing.

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Sexting Influenced by Peer Pressure

Sexting Influenced by Peer PressureTexting is a convenient way to instantly check in with friends, but it also has risks associated. Many teens engage in what’s called sexting, which refers to text messages that include intimate conversations and nude pictures or video. A recent study offers an explanation for the popularity of sexting among teens.

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BYU Video Equates Porn Addiction With War

A video produced at the Idaho campus of Brigham Young University has gone viral after comparing  porn addiction to war. Pornography addiction is a real issue, with close ties to sexual addiction and continued opportunity to engage in it via the Internet. The video has attracted criticism, however, with some arguing that it is anti-masturbation, or even encouraging students to tattle on friends who are masturbating, but the university stands by its message. 

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Facebook Infidelity Just as Painful as In-Person Cheating

In olden days secret love letters were sealed with wax and delivered by a third party. Now it’s just a matter of a few keystrokes and clicks to send illicit correspondence as. A group of researchers sought to quantify the pain of cheating over the Internet versus old fashioned communication.

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Digital Devices, Sex Addiction, and the Workplace

A surprisingly large percentage of sex addicts, porn addicts, and love addicts enter treatment after they are caught misusing work-issued computers, smartphones, and other digital devices. Usually, during work hours or against specific company regulations, they’ve been looking at porn, flirting and planning hookups via “adult friend finder” apps, sexting, having webcam sex, or whatever. Frankly, the list of ways in which company-issued digital devices are misused by sex, porn, and love addicts is endless (and constantly expanding as new “abusable” technologies hit the market almost daily).

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Online Infidelity Marketplace Ashley Madison Sued by Jilted Husband

A Charlotte man is attempting to sue online infidelity website Ashley Madison for facilitating his wife’s affair. The website isn’t his only target—the other man who was involved in the affair is also involved in the legal action—but the lawsuit raises several issues with North Carolina’s outdated “alienation of affection” laws, as well as who is really responsible in cases of infidelity. As you may expect, the website is defending its position by saying that the site itself isn’t responsible for the affair, but taking into consideration previous “alienation of affection” cases and the website’s blatant tagline “Life is short. Have an affair,” their legal defense could be standing on shaky ground.

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