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
inpact on Adults
A Canadian study done with 470 adolescents reported that 98% of them had been exposed to pornography; the average age of first exposure was around 12 years, and one-third were exposed as young as by the age of 10 .
One in five youth experience unwanted online exposure to sexually explicit material and one in nine youth experience online sexual solicitation.
15% to 30% of youth have sexted, with the prevalence increasing with age [2,3].
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