4. Staying emotionally detached from sexual partners
Sex addicts are unable to establish and maintain normal, healthy connections with their partners, so they often avoid becoming emotionally attached to sexual partners. A survey done of more than 1,000 people in 2013 showed that having an emotional connection makes better sex. However, sex addicts lack the (emotional) intimacy and vulnerability that is needed to develop a real connection, so they often have meaningless, emotionless sex with their sexual partners.