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Excessive Masturbation May Put Your Relationship at Risk

Update Date: Mar 05, 2013 09:41 AM EST

Masturbation is not an uncommon act. However, when performed excessively, it can be harmful for the relationships of the people involved. Unfortunately, because it remains such a taboo topic to discuss, many are unaware of whether their habit is normal, or whether it has crossed into the realm of addiction. A poll conducted by Morningside Recovery, an addiction center in Orange County, California, sought to find out.

The study was conducted via an online poll, which means that, because the group was self-selecting, the results may skewed. Regardless, the survey asked questions to 1,100 male and female respondents between the ages of 21 and 35. 63 percent of the respondents were female.

According to the study, 20.4 percent of respondents masturbated three times a day or more. Meanwhile, 48 percent of respondents believed that their masturbation frequency was below average, 45.4 percent thought that they masturbated on an average basis and 6 percent believed that they masturbated more often than average. 45.4 percent of respondents believed that masturbation could lead to problems in their relationship. Of the respondents, 18.3 percent said that they were extremely or very ashamed of their habit, while 23.8 percent said that they were slightly or somewhat ashamed of their masturbation.

"I think the most interesting part of the survey is that 20.4% of respondents masturbate 3 or more times per day. That's a high number of respondents, and that amount of masturbation could cause serious problems in a relationship, especially if it interferes with either person's ability to experience pleasure with a partner," Dr. Elizabeth Waterman, a psychologist at Morningside Recovery, said in a statement. "This is precisely why we found it important to survey the average American and come to an overall conclusion that excessive Masturbation is overlooked in addiction recovery."

With sex addiction on the rise, a bourgeoning population struggles with this form of addiction. Clinics are seeking tailored ways to address masturbation addiction.

"It is crucial to get an accurate view of how America views and treats excessive Masturbation," Mary Helen Beatificato, the CEO of Morningside Recovery, stated. "This survey helps demonstrate the need to treat those who not only suffer from the shame of excessive masturbation, but to emphasize tolerance, civility and respect from those individuals who they interact with on a daily basis." 

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