Adolescents who solely engage in online sexual experiences are at higher risk for compulsive sexual behavior

Yaniv Efrati, Yair Amichai-Hamburger

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In addition to its expression offline, sexual behavior is frequently expressed online. Some adolescents solely engage in online sexual activities, whereas others in offline and online activities, or have no sexual experience at all. In the current research, we examined whether those who solely engage in online sexual activities are at greater risk for compulsive sexual behavior. In Study 1 (n = 164), we examined differences in compulsive sexual behavior (CSB) and risky sexual action tendencies between study groups. In Study 2 (n = 713), we statistically replicated the classification into different sexual behaviors and examined differences between the clusters in CSB, social tendencies and socio-demographic measures. Results indicated that adolescents who only engaged in online sexual activities had significantly higher percentage of clinical CSB, were less likely boys and more likely to be religious. There were not more prone to risky sexual behavior, however. The current research expands the knowledge about offline or online sexually related activities among adolescence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106874
JournalAddictive Behaviors
StatePublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • Adolescents
  • Compulsive sexual behaviour
  • Offline sexual behavior
  • Online sexualbehavior
  • Risky sexual action tendencies


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