Researchers have found that watching porn does not mean that one is a sex addict.

In an experiment conducted on 39 men and 13 women, researchers found that the subjects’ neural response to erotic stimuli (i.e. a nude picture) isn’t the same as that of drug addicts. The tests were conducted using electroencephalography (EEG) in conjunction with the P300 standard, wherein, the test subjects’ brain activities were measured 300 milliseconds after a particular stimulus was shown. In the case of drug addictions (i.e. heroin), a person’s brain response tends to peak during the P300 test when they’re exposed to certain stimuli.

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Larger P300 amplitude differences to pleasant sexual stimuli, relative to neutral stimuli, was negatively related to measures of sexual desire, but not related to measures of hypersexuality.

The researchers’ sex addiction test, however, revealed that there was no significant correlation between P300 (peaking neural response) and hypersexuality.

“Brain response was only predicted by a measure of sexual desire. In other words, hypersexuality does not appear to explain brain differences in sexual response any more than just having a high libido,” Nicole Prause, the study’s author, added.

Although the study reveals strong evidence that one’s desire to watch erotic material is not directly linked to hypersexuality (i.e. sex addiction), the researchers also mentioned that further analysis of the subject using similar methods must be investigated to create a more conclusive theory as to what ‘sex addiction’ actually is.

Read the full study here.