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Sex: Women 'just as easily hooked on online porn as men'

German sex study showed heavy use of pornography could make some women “hypersexual” - a personality disorder that involves spending excessive time engaged in sexual fantasies

BY Keith Perry

16:47 BST 06 AUGUST 2014

Women are just as susceptible to becoming addicted to online pornography as men, according to new research.

People who regularly surf pornographic websites are as much at risk of developing cybersex addiction as the gender to which it's traditionally aimed.

Previous research had suggested as many as 17 per cent of women describe themselves as "addicted" to online porn.

Another German study showed heavy use of pornography could make some women “hypersexual” - a personality disorder that involves spending excessive time engaged in sexual fantasies and urges or in planning for and engaging in sexual behaviour.

Scientists discovered that behavioural patterns in hypersexual women resembled those previously observed in men with the same problem including pornography dependence, excessive masturbation and promiscuity.

Pornography generates more internet traffic than anything else online and has been dubbed the 'new cocaine'.

In the new study, researchers looked at sex addiction among heterosexual women who regularly used internet pornography, reports the scientific journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.

Professor Matthias Brand, of Duisburg-Essen University in Germany, and his colleagues explored the role of anticipating and receiving sexual gratification in the development of cybersex addiction.

The study involved 102 young women, half of whom were internet porn users and the others not, and assessed their addiction to sex.

An experiment also analysed their levels of arousal when shown 100 pornographic pictures - as well as their cravings for sex.

Prof Brand said: "Results indicated internet porn users rated pornographic pictures as more arousing and reported greater craving due to pornographic picture presentation compared with non-users.

"Moreover craving, sexual arousal rating of pictures, sensitivity to sexual excitation, problematic sexual behaviour and severity of psychological symptoms predicted tendencies toward cybersex addiction in internet porn users."

Factors such as being in a relationship, the number of sexual contacts and their satisfaction with them and use of interactive cybersex were not associated with the condition.

Prof Brand said: "These results are in line with those reported for heterosexual males in previous studies."

The journal's editor, Dr Brenda Wiederhold said: "The authors found cybersex addiction among heterosexual female users is similar to that of heterosexual males."

Dr Wiederhold, of the Virtual Reality Medical Institute in Brussels, said although the study population was only limited to individuals under 30 it helps to understand cybersex addiction in females.

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Not entirely suprising. We aren't wired completely differently. I have met wgs who have been very into porn - something I get off on because I love porn and use it most of the day

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Yes it is interesting, though as much for the broader social trends (maybe particularly among young women ?) about changing attitudes to sex as anything else. And it makes me think that I might be 'hypersexual' which sounds much better than addicted to sex, though I'm not sure that I like it being labelled as a 'personality disorder' ..... if that's a personality disorder, then maybe so is being stuck in a loveless marriage with no sex at all.  

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I personally do not believe much in certain statistics or that they could be applied in other parts of the world: what works in Germany might not work here or in China.  Percentages will always differ from one part of the world to the other.

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Numbers don't represent real life to my humble opinion.

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such an interesting read

 

hypersexual is just as bad as a nymphomaniac !!

 

I love sex and porn *giggles*  so both together would be absolutely lovely!!

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I do watch porn on a regular basis but wouldn't say I'm addicted to it... It's just a lot easier to get off. I never thought of it but I haven't found it has affected my sexual life negatively or made me 'hypersexual'. It does give you lots of ideas though, many of which are not necessarily doable/that good in real life.

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I wonder how many women are looking at porn with 2 guys getting it on together?

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Dont get this myth that women dont enjoy watching porn.

One of my exes loved it. We would get in from the pub and straight away she would be slapping a porno in the VCR.

She was an Angel (sigh)

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There's likely to be less women using porn, or at least differently to men, and more discrete about it.

 

That's a probability followed by a certainty.

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Dont get this myth that women dont enjoy watching porn.

One of my exes loved it. We would get in from the pub and straight away she would be slapping a porno in the VCR.

She was an Angel (sigh)

 

Why the need to watch porn when you can be 'more playful' than the actors but in the discreet surroundings of one's flat?

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I have quite a few female friends who watch porn all the time...yes they admit it, but surprisingly most straight girls I know enjoy watching lesbian porn more than straight. Most describe lesbian porn (normally between gorgeous 'lipstick lesbians') as soft and sensual, and they say it's much nicer to appeciate the female form, rather than watch hairy buttocks and giant willes everywhere. Surprised me a tad, but also turned me on with the fact that women enjoy it as much as men do! YAY But when asked if they'd ever sleep with another female, most say UGH NO WAY. lol Part of me hopes that's just an embarrassed shrug of the shoulders... ;)

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Porn is destructive it destroys intimacy and cause a whole load of problems. I watched a documentary a while back how a family member was so addicted to porn his wife walked out on him with his two children. Another guy was so addicted he lost his job and would only get a part time job to pay for his addiction to internet porn. Unfortunately we are now living in an each where porn is readily available like tap water.

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Porn is destructive it destroys intimacy and cause a whole load of problems. I watched a documentary a while back how a family member was so addicted to porn his wife walked out on him with his two children. Another guy was so addicted he lost his job and would only get a part time job to pay for his addiction to internet porn. Unfortunately we are now living in an each where porn is readily available like tap water.

 

Hear hear.

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