Morningside Recovery Conducts National Survey on Excessive Masturbation

Wed Feb 6, 2013 9:00am EST

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National Poll Reveals Excessive Masturbation Habits and Consequences for Men and
Women Across the US
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.,  Feb. 6, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Morningside Recovery, the
leading addiction recovery center in  Newport Beach, CA, today announced the
results of a national survey which asked men and women across the country about
their excessive masturbation patterns. The poll surveyed over 1100 men and women
ages 21-35 on Masturbation Addiction and revealed not only their masturbation
frequencies and perceptions, but concerns about behavior as well as the effects
their masturbation habits have on their interpersonal relationships.

With sex addiction on the rise there are several people in the US dealing with
some form of this addiction. As a result, Morningside Recovery conducted this
survey in partnership with SurveyMonkey, as they treat several patients
suffering from this addiction and were interested in obtaining statistics on the
number of Americans who are in fact addicted to this specific sexual act.  

The survey entitled, "Excessive Masturbation: Do you have a Hand up on the
Average American?," reflects in many ways how men and women between the ages of
21-35 have, in some way, an addiction or slight issue with masturbation and may
deal with repercussions in their daily lives because of it. "It is crucial to
get an accurate view of how America views and treats excessive Masturbation,"
said Mary Helen Beatificato, CEO of Morningside Recovery. "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." 

Surprisingly, 63 percent of those who participated in this survey were female,
and indicated that 20.4 percent of people masturbate at least three or more
times per day. Among the other key findings:

* 79.6% masturbate 0-2 times per day;  15.2% 3-5 times a day;  3.8% 6-10 times;
and only 1.4% masturbate more than 10 times a day  
* 48% believe that their masturbation frequency is below average; 45.4% said
frequency is average;  and  6% believe that their masturbation frequency is
above average  
* 45.4%  either agreed that masturbating can cause problems in their
relationships; while 29.3% neither agreed or disagreed and the rest of the
participants disagreed  
* 18.3% are either extremely or very ashamed of their masturbating habits; 23.8%
are either slightly or somewhat ashamed and the 57.8% are not ashamed at all

"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," said Dr.  Elizabeth Waterman, Psychologist at Morningside
Recovery. "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." As a result, Morningside has compiled these
survey results and will be executing a tailored treatment program at their
facility for those who suffer from masturbation addiction, which will be led by
Dr. Waterman.  

About Morningside Recovery
Morningside Recovery is the leading addiction recovery center with its main
offices in  Newport Beach, CA.  Morningside Recovery is dedicated to providing
exceptional care, treatment and services for men and women who are chemically
dependent or suffering from mental health or co-occurring disorders.
Morningside's staff of qualified, experienced, and caring professionals treats
each patient individually, but equally, and receives the same respect through
their most difficult times as we would each expect for ourselves. Their wide
range of treatment programs, including Family Treatment, Transitional Living,
Morningside Academic Institute, and Bring Your Pet allows them to meet an array
of needs from their patients and takes into account the patient's culture and
values. Given the proper support, Morningside believes every patient can recover
and learn how to manage mental and emotional stability.

About SurveyMonkey 
SurveyMonkey is the world's leading provider of web-based survey solutions,
trusted by millions of companies, organizations and individuals alike to gather
the insights they need to make more informed decisions. SurveyMonkey strives to
make tools powerful enough for professional researchers, yet easy enough for a
survey novice, packing their solutions with over 10 years of experience in
survey methodology and web technology so you can be confident in the quality of
the data.

SOURCE  Morningside Recovery

Annette Banca, 5W Public Relations, +1-212-584-4299,

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