Internet Porn Fueling Sex Addiction Epidemic

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As the years have gone by, it has gotten easier and easier to gain access to pornography, to the point where it is just a mouse-click away now. And that is helping fuel the growing epidemic of sex addiction.

A study by NetAddiction.com reports that almost 60% of sexual compulsive behavior results from Internet use.

“I think it's certainly accelerated the problem. It's so easily accessible, a lot of it is free and children can find it. And if they run across something as a child, they are more likely to become addicted,” said Oklahoma City counselor Angie Ridings.

Studies show only 3% of porn websites requires adult verification. As a result, kids aged 12-17 are the largest group of Internet porn viewers.

All of those imagines can literally mess with their minds.

“They are getting these constant little bursts of dopamine in their brain throughout the day. By not having the right brain chemistry, this is the way they are self-medicating,” Stacey Dean, a counselor who treats sex addicts, told NewsOK.com.

Therapists say the reason addicts don't stop their destructive behavior is because they simply can't. And with pornography so easy to see online, it makes stopping sexual impulses that much more difficult.

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