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There’s no denying people love watching other people do the deed on camera. In fact, we love it so much here in the U.S., there’s a $12 billion industry to attest to our nation’s affiliation for the diversity of erotica brought to us by those hardworking men and women in the adult film industry.

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve watched porn, whether infrequently or habitually; hell, maybe you’re flipping back and forth between this article and RedTube. But what kind of porn-watcher are you, exactly?

According to Maxim: “Research recently published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine indicated porn viewers fall into three broad categories: recreational, compulsive, and ‘at-risk.'”

At-risk. Yikes.

So basically, as we can derive from this study’s verbiage, some porn viewers do it intermittently, and it might not be a habit for them; those who do it compulsively feel the need to whack it (or flick it, for the ladies reading this); those who are “at-risk” are ostensibly suffering from some sort of compulsory-masturbatory sex addiction and, you know, probably should get help.

Per Maxim:

It’s worth it to note [the scientists responsible for the study] write near the end that their “findings suggest that cyberpornography users represent a heterogeneous population in which engaging in this activity” isn’t unhealthy, strange, or weird for individuals. They go on to conclude only a small percentage could “benefit from interventions targeting the presence or absence of compulsions and associated distress.”

While you might be alright and healthy in your porno-viewing habits, maybe you know someone who isn’t. Maybe that someone could use a hand. If your friend or loved one is “at-risk” with respect to their pornography-consuming habits, consider and intervention.

(h/t Maxim)

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