Like gambling, sex can also be addictive in many respects. (Quartz, Steven R., PhD, and Terrence J. Sejnowski PhD. Liars, Lovers, and Heroes. NY: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2002, p 147)
A sex addict is a person who has developed an addiction to the hormonal cocktail (e.g., serotonin, dopamine, phenylethylamine, norepinephrine) released during the infatuation stage, and who is trying to sustain a permanent high. (Pease, Barbara and Allan. Why Men Don’t Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes. NY: Broadway Books, 2004, pp 226-230)
The excitement of sex is much like the high caused by a drug. It can include the product of fantasy, reaching for forbidden fruit, working to “please” the other, overcoming challenge and rejection, and gaining reassurance of being loved. (Goldberg, Herb, PhD. The New Male-Female Relationship. NY: Signet Books, 1983, pp 233-234)
Males = about 8% are addicted to sex. Females – less than 3%. (Pease, Barbara and Allan. Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps. pp 203. NY:Broadway Books, 1998.)
Data suggest that there is a continuum of online sexual behavior that appears to be significantly higher for those who are addicted to the Internet. For example, when comparing Internet addicted versus nonaddicted percentages, there appears to be a progression of sexual behavior from online to real-time:
(Greenfield, David N., PhD. Virtual Addiction. pp 179-180. CA:New Harbinger Publications, Inc, 1999.)
Refer to Sexuality and the Human Brain for additional information.