Can Not Taking Sex Education Cause Sex Addiction?!

A lack of sex education can lead people to seek out online porn ... which might lead to sex addiction. Yikes! | Souce: ShutterStock

A lack of sex education can lead people to seek out online porn … which might lead to sex addiction. Yikes! | Souce: ShutterStock

Sex addiction is still a relatively new concept, though it’s likely been going on for a while, usually under the terms “douchebaggery” or, for the more misogynist, slut-shaming types, “being loose” or any other vulgar variation of that. Now that it’s being recognized as a legitimate problem, the clinical definition of sex addiction is essentially spending so much time thinking about, having, or dealing with sex that it interferes with your everyday life. Now, a study was done to show causes of sex addiction later in life, and you may actually have experienced some of them.

About 40 percent of sex addicts in the study said they watched online porn before they were 12 years old, and 90 percent of those people think it’s to blame for their addiction.

Not into porn? Or at least you weren’t back when High School Musical was big? Doesn’t mean you’re not susceptible. The report also says that things like divorced or separated parents, same sex schooling (like if you went or go to an all-girls school), and a lack of sex education are driving factors of sex addiction.

As for the differences in sex addiction between the actual sexes? Guys are a lot more likely to seek help for it, with 53.7 percent of male sex addicts looking for professional treatment as opposed to 38.3 percent of women doing the same. (That doesn’t necessarily mean that more guys than girls are actually addicted to sex–just that more of them admit to and deal with it. Considering the slut shaming women deal with, it shouldn’t be surprising that more women don’t come out and admit to being sex addicts. Could you imagine?) Most guys said that excitement was the reward they got from acting on their sex addiction impulses, while gals said they engaged in sex addiction because sex makes them feel wanted and loved, at least temporarily.

We’re not sure what bums us out more: the lack of sex education or the lack of self-esteem contributing to sex addiction.

Here’s what we know: Sex education works in terms of preventing pregnancy and STDs in young adults a lot better than not sex education or abstinence-only sex education does. There’s a ton of documentation to back this up. So the fact that a lack of sex education is to blame for sex addiction doesn’t surprise us that much: When you’re ignorant about something going in and don’t understand all of the risks associated with having sex, it can be really easy to make poor decisions about it–and to get so used to doing so that you can’t really stop. We’re not saying that a lack of sex education is a direct cause of sex addiction, but knowing what you do, it’s not a shocker that they’re correlated, right?

Additionally, if you aren’t getting sex education in school, you might Google things about sex. And guess what you’ll find (if you’re not lucky enough to stumble upon Gurl)? Online porn. You see what’s happening here?

The self-esteem thing just makes us sad. Because if you’re reading this, chances are you’re pretty awesome, and lots of people love you. If you were having sex for the right reasons–because you really want to with a consenting partner and a high level of mutual respect–you wouldn’t feel so sad afterward, and you wouldn’t need that outside approval to feel good. And all that sex you’ll have? It’ll actually be better. And sometimes quality trumps quantity.

Do you think a lack of sex education causes sex addiction? Do you look at online porn as a substitute for sex education? Have you ever thought you were addicted to sex? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Krista

    I like to have sex with guys outside