Prevalence, Severity, and Correlates of Problematic Sexual Internet Use in Swedish Men and Women. (2011)

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COMMENTS: In this study 13% of young Swedish men reported some problems with sexual Internet use, whereas, 5% reported serious problems. What do the numbers mean. First 13% self reporting as having problem is significant portion of the population. That said, it could be argued that 87% are having no problems. However, from everything we have seen, most men see no problem with porn use until they hit the ED wall. Even then, a large percentage cannot believe porn is the cause. Most men consider porn the cure to ED or other sexual ills, as it's the one reliable source of sexual excitement. If all you have ever known from puberty on is porn use, how would you know it's a problem? Only one way - stop using. Men who stop using porn report often report significant positive changes in every area of their lives - including sexual desire and stronger erections.

Arch Sex Behav. 2011 May 12.

Ross MW, Månsson SA, Daneback K.


Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, School of Public Health, University of Texas, PO Box 20036, Houston, TX, 77225, USA,


The content and prevalence of problematic Internet sexual use was investigated in a sample of 1,913 Internet-recruited younger Swedish men and women. Five items as part of a larger Internet sexual use study addressed problems associated with it, control, dysphoria, feeling "addicted," and feeling the need for treatment. The resulting scale of Internet sexual problems indicated that 5% of women and 13% of men reported some problems, with 2% of women and 5% of men indicating serious problems across the five items. Of five predictors of problematic use, three were significant: religiosity, having negative experiences with Internet sexual use, and frequency of pornography viewing. The viewing and sharing of pornography was most closely associated with reported problems. Data also suggested that having some very specific pornographic content interests were associated with an increase in reported problems. While these data were limited by the non-random nature of the sample, they suggest that Internet sexual problems are measurable, are a subset of Internet addiction with sexual content, and affect a small but significant proportion of the Internet-using population.

PMID: 21562915 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]