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Endless choice of online porn fuelling sex addiction

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The availability of sexual content online has an effect on sex addicts
The availability of sexual content online has an effect on sex addicts

Internet porn offering 'endless' choice of sexual images may be fuelling sex addiction, say researchers.

A study by Cambridge University found that sex addicts are more likely to seek out sexual images than others.

While the study does not suggest that porn triggers sex addiction, the availability of sexual content is likely to worsen the problem for those affected.

Dr Valerie Voon from Cambridge University, who led the study involving 62 men said, "We can all relate in some way to searching for novel stimuli online – it could be flitting from one news website to another, or jumping from Facebook to Amazon to YouTube and on.

“For people who show compulsive sexual behaviour, though, this becomes a pattern of behaviour beyond their control, focused on pornographic images.”

She added, “It’s not clear what triggers sex addiction in the first place and it is likely that some people are more pre-disposed to the addiction than others, but the seemingly endless supply of novel sexual images available online helps feed their addiction, making it more and more difficult to escape.”

In 2014, one of the world's largest porn sites claimed that Ireland's viewing habits grew by 77% since 2010 with 6.72million viewers every month.

Sex addiction is defined as an inability to control sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviour and affects one in 25 young adults.