Cyber-Sexual or Internet Sex Addiction

Internet sex or porn addiction refers to an emotional dependence on pornography that interferes with daily life, relationships, and the ability to function. Access, affordability, and anonymity, along with increased social acceptance, have made internet pornography addiction a new clinical phenomenon 

Symptoms of internet sex addiction

Impact on Youth

Impact on Adults


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