Let’s assume you are a very intuitive person. Let’s say you are a woman who has just found out her boyfriend is frequently watching internet porn, having online sexual encounters, or engaging in other sexual activities in a secretive or compulsive way.
You have already got a pretty good idea that there’s something not OK about it. Maybe he wants you to act out a particular fantasy scenario or engage in a 3-way or some other act that may not be in your comfort zone. You say “no” and he keeps pushing you; maybe he even gets irritated.
The following are common sense ideas based on my own experience in working with sex addicts and their partners.
23 million porn addicts in the U.S., and that’s just the adults
The article “Pornography: ‘Everybody’s Watching it, Statistics Say” states that 30 percent of all web traffic is porn and that porn sites attract the greatest volume of web traffic.
According to the article “Internet Pornography Statistics”
“A total of 40 million U.S. adults regularly visit pornography websites. Ten percent of adults admit to an internet sexual addiction (my italics) and 20 percent of men say they access pornography at work.”
If 10% of adults are internet porn addicts and there are roughly 232 million adults in the U.S., then there are 23 million internet porn addicts in the U.S. And this doesn’t count the underage porn users who are watching internet porn in increasing numbers.
Sex addiction has become the notorious new concern of the past decade. But it’s a serious issue that impacts many people’s lives. There are many misconceptions about sex addiction and what sex addicts’ lives are really all about.
I thought it was about time we brought this disorder out into the light, to remove the misconceptions about it, and help more people get treatment for sexual addiction.
That’s why I’m please to introduce our newest blog, The Impact of Sex Addiction with Dr. Linda Hatch. This blog will examine sex addiction and the impact it has on spouses, families, and others who deal with psychological and addiction problems in someone they care about. If you know someone with a sex addiction problem, this blog will likely help.
Dr. Linda Hatch was born and grew up in New York City and has worked as a licensed clinical psychologist in California since the 1970’s. She completed her BA, MA and PhD at Cornell University and University of California Riverside. She also taught at UCLA as an acting assistant professor and received a post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA in social psychology. You can learn more about Dr. Linda here.
Please give Dr. Linda a warm Psych Central welcome!