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“Predicting Compulsive Internet Use: It’s All about Sex!”

Posted on December 1, 2016, in Addiction, Internet, Research

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Title: "Predicting Compulsive Internet Use: It's All about Sex!"
Publication: CyberPsychology & Behavior 9.1
Author: Meerkerk, Gert-Jan, Regina JJM Van Den Eijnden, and Henk FL Garretsen
Date: 02/23/2006

Abstract The objective of this research was to assess the predictive power of various Internet applications on the development of compulsive Internet use (CIU). The study has a two-wave longitudinal design with an interval of 1 year. The first measurement contained 447 adult heavy Internet users who used the Internet at least 16 h per […]

Adolescents’ Sexual Media Use and Willingness to Engage in Casual Sex: Differential Relations and Underlying Processes

Posted on November 22, 2016, in Internet, Psychological, Research, Teens

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Title: Adolescents' Sexual Media Use and Willingness to Engage in Casual Sex: Differential Relations and Underlying Processes
Publication: Human Communication Research
Author: Oosten, Johanna MF, Jochen Peter, and Laura Vandenbosch
Date: 10/20/2016

Abstract The present study investigated the relationship between different types of sexual media use (i.e., sexually explicit internet material, sexually oriented reality TV, and sexy self-presentations on social network sites) and adolescents’ willingness to engage in casual sex, as well as underlying sociocognitive processes of this relationship. Drawing on a longitudinal three-wave panel study among […]

The Neurobiology of Behavioral Addictions: Sexual Addiction

Posted on November 21, 2016, in Addiction, Brain Science, Internet, Physiological

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Title: The Neurobiology of Behavioral Addictions: Sexual Addiction
Publication: Oxford University Press
Author: Hilton, Carnes, Love
Date: 04/01/2016

This chapter begins with an exploration of the reward system and its connection to the disease of addiction. The neurobiological underpinning of the disease is explored in detail and is overlaid with the biology of sexual reward. The chapter uses Internet pornography abuse as a reference model for the overuse of sexuality to the point […]

“The Impact of Internet Pornography on Adolescents: A Review of the Research”

Posted on November 16, 2016, in Brain Science, Internet, Physiological, Psychological

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Title: "The Impact of Internet Pornography on Adolescents: A Review of the Research"
Publication: Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity
Author: Owens, Eric W., et al.
Date: 04/09/2012

Summary The recent proliferation of Internet-enabled technology has significantly changed the way adolescents encounter and consume sexually explicit material. Once confined to a personal computer attached to a telephone line, the Internet is now available on laptops, mobile phones, video game consoles, and other electronic devices. With the growth of the Internet has come easier […]

“Online sexual activities: An exploratory study of problematic and non-problematic usage patterns in a sample of men”

Posted on November 1, 2016, in Internet, Men, Physiological, Research

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Title: Online sexual activities: An exploratory study of problematic and non-problematic usage patterns in a sample of men
Publication: Computers in Human Behavior
Author: Wéry, Aline, et al.
Date: 03/01/2016

Abstract Involvement in online sexual activities (OSAs) is ubiquitous, especially in males, and can under certain circumstances become problematic. The risk factors associated with problematic OSAs remain, however, poorly explored. The current study aimed to investigate the characteristics, usage patterns, and motives for men to engage in OSAs and to disentangle the risk factors associated […]

Pornography as Trafficking


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Title: Pornography as Trafficking
Publication: Michigan Journal of International Law
Author: Catharine A. MacKinnon
Date: 03/14/2005

This talk was given at the conference entitled “Pornography: Driving the Demand in International Sex Trafficking,” co-sponsored by Captive Daughters and the International Human Rights Law Institute of DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois. SUMMARY In material reality, pornography is one way women and children are trafficked for sex. … Finally, building on these distinctions, to distinguish […]

Adolescents’ Exposure to a Sexualized Media Environment and Their Notions of Women as Sex Objects


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Title: Adolescents’ Exposure to a Sexualized Media Environment and Their Notions of Women as Sex Objects
Publication: Sex Roles
Author: Jochen Peter, Patti M. Valkenburg
Date: 02/28/2007

This study was designed to investigate whether adolescents’ exposure to a sexualized media environment is associated with stronger beliefs that women are sex objects. More specifically, we studied whether the association between notions of women as sex objects and exposure to sexual content of varied explicitness (i.e., sexually nonexplicit, semi-explicit, or explicit) and in different […]

A Legislative Framework For Combating Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking


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Title: A Legislative Framework For Combating Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
Publication: Regent University Law Review (Vol 23, No 2)
Author: Linda Smith, Samantha Healy Vardaman
Date:

Domestic minor sex trafficking is the commercial sexual exploitation of America’s children through prostitution, pornography, and sexual performance within U.S. borders. “It is the ‘recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act’ whe[n] the person is … under the age of [eighteen] years.” When considering the crime […]

“The Brain That Changes Itself ” – Acquiring Tastes and Loves: What Neuroplasticity Teaches Us About Sexual Attraction and Love


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Title: Chapter 4: Acquiring Tastes and Loves: What Neuroplasticity Teaches Us About Sexual Attraction and Love
Publication: The Brain That Changes Itself
Author: Norman Doidge, MD
Date:

These pages of The Brain That Changes Itself by psychiatrist Norman Doidge are very relevant to porn addiction, and explain how Internet porn tastes escalate (a phenomenon that addiction experts call “tolerance“). Here are some excerpts from the chapter: “Today young men who surf porn are tremendously fearful of impotence, or “erectile dysfunction” as it is […]

Brain Structure and Functional Connectivity Associated With Pornography Consumption: The Brain on Porn

Posted on May 28, 2015, in Brain Science, Cybersex, Internet, Men, Physiological, Research, Women

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Title: Brain Structure and Functional Connectivity Associated With Pornography Consumption: The Brain on Porn
Publication: JAMA Psychiatry
Author: Simone Kühn, Jürgen Gallinat
Date: 05/28/2014

IMPORTANCE Since pornography appeared on the Internet, the accessibility, affordability, and anonymity of consuming visual sexual stimuli have increased and attracted millions of users. Based on the assumption that pornography consumption bears resemblance with reward-seeking behavior, novelty-seeking behavior, and addictive behavior, we hypothesized alterations of the frontostriatal network in frequent users. OBJECTIVE To determine whether […]