Many people believe that porn addiction and sex addiction are the same disease, but this isn’t necessarily true. While there are a few similarities between the two addictions, the reality is that the two addictions are quite different and aren’t as interchangeable as many people consider them to be.

One of the notable differences between porn addiction and sex addiction is that sex addiction always involves another party. While people who suffer from porn addiction are often looking for images that are visually stimulating or new, these images can always be found on a computer or television screen. People who suffer from sex addiction, on the other hand, constantly try to find new partners or new ways to have riskier and riskier sex.

Many people might be surprised to learn that people who are addicted to porn often have a difficult time with normal sexual performance. Many people who are addicted to porn fail to become sexually aroused by real women, even women that they find themselves sexually attracted to. On the other hand, most people who are believed to suffer from a sex addiction do not typically report having sexual performance problems.

Porn addiction seems to be on the rise with the increasing use and availability of high speed internet access. The fact that people can download and view porn on their mobile devices will likely lead to a further increase of reported porn addiction cases. Sex addiction, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to be increasing as rapidly as porn addiction is. However, with the high profile case of David Duchovny being diagnosed as a sex addict running through the media outlets a while back, there seems to be a possibility that people who were suffering from sexual addiction weren’t being diagnosed correctly, and therefore we might see an increase in the number of people who suffer from sex addiction because there is a greater awareness of sex addiction. However, the bottom line is that porn addictions are growing to become common, whereas sex addictions are typically uncommon.

Because porn is used as a masturbatory aid, many people equate becoming addicted to porn with becoming addicted to masturbating. Not only is this link false, but it also clouds the distinction between a porn addiction versus a sex addiction. After all, if a person is addicted to masturbating, shouldn’t that be considered a sexual addiction? This idea neglects one key fact: People do not generally become addicted to having sexual orgasms. Although orgasms can reinforce the constant usage and viewing of porn, the usage of porn for many porn addicts does not go hand in hand with masturbation. Some porn addicts, when going “cold turkey” on porn, find that they miss the porn more than they miss the masturbation.

Some researchers have theorized that being addicted to porn is like being addicted to smoking. In the same way that each puff on a cigarette allows the body to take in a bit of nicotine, viewing images of porn allows the brain to receive a bit of dopamine. On the other hand, many researchers view sex addiction as a type of personality disorder. Researchers have theorized that sex addiction can be classified as a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder or narcissistic personality disorder.

It’s easy for people to hear the terms “porn addiction” and “sex addiction” and think that they’re related or are the same, but this is clearly not the case. Someone who is addicted to porn isn’t necessarily addicted to sex and vice-versa. While much of the subject matter in these addictions seems to be the same, these addictions differ in the way they rewire the brain.

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