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Women & Porn Addictions: The New Relationship Crisis? [EXPERTS]
Do you keep your partner or spouse in the dark about your porn viewing?

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In the last 20 years or more a lot of information has come to the surface about the somewhat hidden issue of porn addiction for men. Although there had been options for guys to get their hands on porn long before the internet age, easy access to both free and paid website offering every type of fantasy and fetish have been linked to the explosion of guys that are becoming hooked on porn.

Initially professionals in this area of study reported that men were much more likely to develop porn addictions from simple online viewing because they were more visual in their response to stimuli. In other words, guys are sexually turned on by what they see. In contrast researchers also reported that women were more sexually attracted based on emotional factors and a less on visual images.

However, this is now seriously in question as more and women are reporting to therapists, spouses and family members that porn has taken over their life. No doubt access to online porn has contributed to the problem, but so has what society views as “normal” and “appropriate”. In fact, for many teens and young adults, viewing porn is seen as the normal way to learn about sex education and to even enhance their intimate relationships.

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Viewing porn for women is just as risky as viewing porn for men, especially when the behavior starts when the women is in her teens and young adult years. In 2006 according to an online survey conducted by Internet Filter Review it was discovered that 6 in 10 women report viewing porn online and about 17% self-report as being addicted to porn.

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