Girls watch porn, too: Experts say rates of female addiction are spiking

By Jonathon Van Maren

A few short years ago, porn use was considered to be a primarily male problem. The statistics bore this out: Men looked at pornography at far higher rates than women, and even Playgirl magazine was purchased primarily by gay men. Because men and women are wired differently, they responded to smut differently. But as digital porn with 24-7 availability has swept the culture, that has been changing rapidly. Several years ago, the percentage of women regularly using porn spiked to over 50%. One former female porn-user told me she suspects that the number is substantially higher than that.

One recent study indicated that 73% of women between the ages of 18 and 35 used pornography in the previous six months, with 26% using in the previous week. In an online survey conducted last year of women between the ages of 18 and 29, 14% admitted to watching porn several times a week; 18% said they watched porn around once a week, and 20% confessed that they were worried they watched pornography too often.

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