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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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Sharing Intimate Images via Mobile Devices Common

Sharing Intimate Images via Mobile Devices CommonSmart phones, tablets and laptops make life convenient and information instant. But an Internet security company wants users to know that communication technology may result in negative consequences.

The sharing of intimate texts, photos and video content are becoming common, with users sometimes taking little initiative to protect the information from being hacked. A report by McAfee, which calls itself the world’s largest dedicated security technology company, is their second annual survey detailing the ways consumers are sharing intimate data. 

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Sexting Negatively Impacts Committed Relationships

The popularity of mobile Internet devices has exponentially multiplied the number of activities one can engage in while on the move. No longer tied to a desktop to send and wait for emails, individuals can rapidly converse with another person anywhere, anytime. While most teens may consider this to be a convenience, the interruption of family life, study time and other activities have their consequences. In addition, for those that experience bullying, they may feel as if there is nowhere to hide.

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Childhood Trauma Can Lead to Sex Addiction

Childhood Trauma Can Lead to Sex Addiction Sex addiction is the common term for the presence of compulsive sex-related urges, thoughts or actions that exert their influence even when they produce clearly negative consequences for the individual. Although the condition is not officially recognized, a substantial amount of scientific evidence points to its existence. In a study published in late 2013 in the journal Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, a team of British researchers used a series of testing procedures to help identify some of the childhood-related factors that appear to contribute to the onset of a sex addiction in adulthood. 

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