Watching Pornographic Pictures on the Internet: Role of Sexual Arousal Ratings and Psychological-Psychiatric Symptoms for Using Internet Sex Sites Excessively

AUTHOR(S)

Brand, Matthias; Laier, Christian; Pawlikowski, Mirko; Schächtle, Ulrich; Schöler, Tobias; and Altstötter-Gleich, Christine

PUBLISHED

2011 in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Vol. 14(6), pp. 371-377

KEY FINDINGS
  • This study found a positive relationship between subjective sexual arousal when watching Internet pornographic pictures and the amount of daily life problems due to the excessive cybersex.
  • These findings are similar to the cue reactivity patterns found in individuals with substance addictions.
ABSTRACT
In recent years there has been increased attention in a clinical syndrome characterized by excessive sexual thoughts, sexual urges, and/or sexual behaviors that has many aspects in common with impulse control disorders. This study provides a preliminary examination of the impulsive aspects of this syndrome, Compulsive Sexual Behavior (CSB), as conceptualized by Coleman and colleagues. Sixteen male subjects, 8 CSB patients and 8 non-patient controls, completed psychometric measures of impulsivity and compulsive sexual behavior,... READ FULL ABSTRACT
EXCERPTS
  • "We found a positive relationship between subjective sexual arousal when watching Internet pornographic pictures and the self-reported problems in daily life due to the excessiveness of cybersex as measured by the IATsex."
  • "The finding that subjective sexual arousal ratings while watching Internet pornographic pictures is related to self-reported problems in daily life due to excessive use of cybersex sites may be interpreted in the light of previous studies on cue reactivity in individuals with substance dependency or behavioral addictions."
Access Full Study Here