8 “RED FLAGS” THAT CAN SIGNAL ON-LINE SEX ADDICTION
By Carol Boulware, Ph.D.
How do you know if your sexual use of the Internet is a problem?
Any of the following 8 behaviors may be considered a “red flag” that signals a potential problem with, or addiction to, sex on-line.
A variety of treatments with good track records are available to help re-gain control of addictive behaviors.
- Spending more time, more frequently, with sexual activity on the Internet.
- Irritable or anxious feelings when not on-line engaging in sex.
- Covering up and lying about your cybersex activities to family and/or friends.
- Unsuccessful repeated attempts to stop or curtail Internet sexual behavior.
- Putting one’s job or relationship at risk due to preoccupation with cybersex.
- Seeking progressively more risky or more intense sexual experiences on-line.
- Virtually unable to think or care about anything else but being on-line for sex.
- Escaping from problems or feelings like depressed, guilty, anxious by using sex on
For more information, see the Article of the Month, Sex on Line: Who’s Addicted? Understanding Obsession with Porn Sites and Chat Room Sex.
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