In Ogas and Gaddam’s book A Billion Evil Thoughts, they cite one blogger’s study done on Chat Roulette. On 1,276 consecutive sessions with random individuals, he found that one in four webcams were pointed at a dick.
The Research and Psychology behind the act of Exhibitionism:
Exhibitionism falls under the category of the paraphilia (also called sexual perversion and sexual deviation). The term paraphilia refers to mental disorders categorized by intense sexual urges, obsession with unusual sexual practices or sexual acts involving things or unsuitable partners for example children. Many exhibitionists are found to have an uncommonly high libido.
As far as research goes, little is understood about the preponderance of exhibitionism or what causes it. One Swedish study of 2,450 areas ranging in ages 18 to 60 found that 3.1% of people reported having experienced arousal by exposing their genitals to a stranger. (4.1% of those were man, 2.1% female.)
On the other hand, the Internet would suggest it’s a lot more common than that. When discussing men’s online exhibitionist behaviour, Ogas and Gaddam also had this to say:
“Historically, male exhibitionism was considered a mental disorder. If that is the case, the Internet suggests we are a planet of emotionally deranged guys.”
The discipline of psychology presents a few different theories regarding what causes exhibitionist tendencies. Some suggested causes are emotional and / or sexual abuse in youth, head injury, father desertion (for guys) and levels of testosterone within the body. But these are only theories without any definitive research.
If Ogas and Gaddam’s research is anything to go by, exhibitionism is just an impulse left over from our primate ancestors.
Whatever the causes or how common it really is, those who have this instinct should find an outlet in healthy, consensual forms of sexual expression. Even if exhibitionism isn’t considered dangerous, flashing one’s genitals in public (as a non-consensual act) is and should be illegal. (Or it should at least be motive to send someone into psychotherapy if not jail.)

Sending unsolicited cock pics (or sexual / pornographic images) online is a terrible kind of harassment also.
With offline behaviours particularly, problems do appear when exhibitionism is chronic and interferes with daily life. When a person is driven to always act on their exposing customs, it may lead to isolation from friends, family and termination of employment.
If an individual always exposes themselves in public, they will generally get detained at some point. Once they’re found by authorities, exhibitionists will typically get checked in for treatment.
Treatment often involves drugs to decrease the sex drive and deal with any hormonal imbalances. Psychotherapy tactics get utilized as well. Family therapy, group therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy have all proven to be helpful for those coping with exhibitionism.
The Definition of Exhibitionists and how they differ from just Nude Nudists
As most nudists will tell you, society at large has many misconceptions involving nudism and naturism. Because nudity, and consequently, nudism, is viewed as sexual, filthy and black, naturists can be wrongfully persecuted as sexual deviants and labeled exhibitionists. in Psychology Today even states that naked beaches support exhibitionism. This really is not the case! While folks, and therefore nudists, are sexual beings, the philosophy behind naturism is that it be non-sexually inspired.
Strangely, there are numerous nudists who openly call themselves exhibitionists. is like pairing naturism with a sexual preference, and it is perpetuating the myth that nudism is about sex. Even if they simply mean to say they like to be seen naked at the naked beach, “exhibitionist” has certain connotations and these terms should not be used jointly.
Nudism is, in its center, a personal experience. Though it can and often times takes place in a social setting, the action itself should not be focused on someone else. The difference between nudism and exhibitionism is the aim as well as how, where and when it is practiced.
Exhibitionists Vs. Naturists
Going by the DSM definition, naturists tend not to push their nakedness on others while exhibitionists do. Exhibitionists will seek out others for them to be seen while nudists do not. Nudists will locate the right location and time to practice naturism and frequently they will go to far out and secluded destinations so that they do not offend or bother .