“Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”
1 Thessalonians 2:8
The rise of the internet and other forms of media have intensified the problem of sex addiction among teenagers. Many think this addiction is strictly an adult problem, but studies show this is a prevalent issue among teens, as well. Approximately one in eight individuals who visit a pornographic website is 7 to 17 years of age, and the average age of initial exposure to these sites is 11 years old. The effects of sex addiction can have lifelong consequences, emotional and physical, which inhibit daily life. It can easily lead to loss of control and negatively affect a teen’s social life and academic performance.
The possible shame a teen may feel can prevent them from seeking help, and sometimes parents perceive this behavior as being a typical aspect of adolescence. Parents should be mindful of changes in their teen’s behavior, such as extended periods in their room or hiding their internet searches. Teens usually refuse to discuss their history of addiction until seeking treatment, and while recovering they realize they are not alone in their struggles.
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