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Sex addiction is now so common that it should be considered an EPIDEMIC, scientists say

A study found that sex addiction is more common than the thought that affects one tenth of men and one twelfth of women.

The accusations surrounding Harvey Weinstein and the rise of the I Movement also suggested that sex addiction has become an epidemic within society.

However, despite media coverage after high-profile sex scandals, there was no precise estimate of its prevalence.

Now, a new US study. UU. He suggests that while men have more trouble controlling their impulses, the gender gap is closing as more women also experience sex addiction.

This could be due to changes in sexual customs, sexual liberation and the rise of Internet pornography and applications such as Tinder that allow connection without compromise.

And those with a lower education, those with very high or very low incomes, and racial, ethnic and sexual minorities are more prone to it.

Dr. Janna Dickenson, of the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, explained: ?From Tiger Woods to Harvey Weinstein, news articles have conjectured that 'sex addiction' is a growing 'epidemic' that has not been recognized until now, while that the scientific community debates whether this problem even exists

?Although the psychiatrist has a long history of attempts to characterize hypersexuality, researchers and doctors have disparate opinions about whether it represents a true psychiatric disorder or if it is simply an indication of a broader sociocultural problem, labeled as out of control sexual behavior "

However, the way to define and label this also divides the experts, but a new recognized classification of compulsive sexual behavior disorder or CSBD was used.

Dr. Dickenson added: ?Specifically, CSBD is characterized by a persistent pattern of inability to control intense and repetitive sexual impulses, resulting in repetitive sexual behavior that causes marked distress or social deterioration.

"Such anguish and deficiency include neglecting social activities or personal health, trying repeatedly to control sexual behavior without success and continuing to participate in sexual behavior despite adverse consequences or even when the individual obtains minimal pleasure from their sexual activities" .

However, previous studies found that most were in denial and relatively few individuals perceive their sexual behavior as problematic.

The above estimates for the US UU. They suggested that the prevalence ranged from 1% to 6% in adults, with an expected male to female ratio of 2: 1 to 5: 1.

Then, the new study set out to obtain an accurate estimate of the prevalence of the CSBD by questioning 2,325 adults aged 18 and 50 who participated in the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior in November 2016.