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A phenomenon dubbed "pornosexuality" has emerged where people prefer online porn to sex with real people, it has been claimed.
The term describes someone whose "sexual orientation is linked solely to porn", according to Medical Daily.
One self-identified pornosexual quoted by the website said: "If I had to choose to have one or the other for the rest of my life, I would choose porn over real sex any day."
The availability of free, amateur porn online and the anonymity it offers is identified by Medical Daily as a factor behind the rise in the phenomenon.
In 1991, there were fewer than 90 porn magazines in the US, according to Medical Daily, compared to millions of websites today.
Pornosexuality is said to be particularly common among young people as they have had access to the internet since puberty and porn is therefore more likely to have been formative in their sexual development.
Christene Lozano, a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex addiction therapist, said that some find porn more "convenient" than sex with a real person.
"The convenience of getting off online without the potential work, vulnerability, intimacy, and connection with others can be appealing to some," she told the website. Another marriage, family and sex therapist, Amanda Pasciucco, put the phenomenon down to a fear of rejection: "Unfortunately, in my years of practicing sex therapy, anxiety and fear of rejection has led to people identifying as pornosexuals," she said.
Young men more likely than women to identify as pornosexuals as they are generally more likely to view porn.
The comments come after the NSPCC said in March that some children as young as 12 worry they may be "addicted" to watching porn.