Even sexologists are starting to report large numbers of people suffering from compulsive sexual behavior

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Prevalence of Distress Associated With Difficulty Controlling Sexual Urges, Feelings, and Behaviors in the United States

This paper was authored by "sexual health" experts and claims to be from a nationally representative sample of 18-50 year olds in the USA (in 2016). Mean age was 34. It's ground-breaking in that these academics are finallly acknowledging that sexual compulsivity appears to be a massive problem. In the past the "sexual health" academics have largely denied there was much of a problem. In 2014, for example a pseudo-review by some of the loudest pro-porners claimed the rates were less than 1%.

Due to the parameters of this particular research (population-wide, age-restricted) it necessarily under emphasizes the problems in those who are most at risk (millennial male group), including those who were under 18 when the survey was taken and who grew up on smartphones and porn tube sites.

The full paper is available at the above link.


Participants between the ages of 18 and 50 years were randomly sampled from all 50 US states in November 2016. [Mean age 34]

…In this survey study [which asked about compulsive sexual behavior], we found that 8.6% of the nationally representative sample (7.0% of women and 10.3% of men) endorsed clinically relevant levels of distress and/or impairment associated with difficulty controlling sexual feelings, urges, and behaviors.

…The high prevalence of such symptoms has major public health relevance as a sociocultural problem and indicates a significant clinical problem that should be recognized by health care professionals.

… Of 2325 adults (1174 [50.5%] female; mean [SD] age, 34.0 [9.3] years), 201 [8.6%] met the clinical screen cut point of a score of 35 or higher on the Compulsive Sexual Behavior Inventory.

…With regard to demographic characteristics, we found that individuals with lower education, those with very high or very low income, racial/ethnic minorities, and sexual minorities were more likely to meet the clinical cut point than individuals who reported having higher education, having moderate income, and being white and heterosexual.