User post: Can someone really be a Sex Addict?

So, I turn on the news this morning and see that Tiger Woods has reportedly now entered sex addict rehab. My initial reaction was to say, "Yeah right, another celeb runs off to rehab to escape the heat", but then I got to thinking, could this actually be a real affliction?

In order to get to the bottom of this, I decided to do a little online research. What I found out was that apparently sex addiction does seem to be a legitimate problem when it comes to those who have an obsession with porn or masturbation in lieu of actual physical contact with another human being, but opinions seem to be all over the place when it comes to men who simply choose to have ongoing sexual relationships with multiple women. Therefore, I decided to poll a few of my male colleagues on the issue and, to my surprise, every single one of them scoffed at the notion that Tiger is a sex addict. One went as far as to say, "He's no more of a sex addict than any other man, and the men who are labeling him as such simply don't get "it" thrown at them every day the way Tiger does."

So my question is this, do you believe Tiger, or any man who has multiple ongoing affairs, is a sex addict? And if so, would you feel that way if he had just as many sex partners simultaneously and WASN'T married?

Your thoughts?

Danine Manette