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Table 3 Transiency of the six excessive behaviors studied, stratified by sex

From: Natural course of behavioral addictions: a 5-year longitudinal study

  Reported any number of times Reported once Reported twice Reported three times Reported four times Reported five times
Exercise Males 159 (100) 133 (83.6) 22 (13.8) 3 (1.9) 1 (1.0) 0 (0.0)
Females 149 (100) 123 (82.6) 22 (14.8) 2 (1.3) 2 (1.3) 0 (0.0)
Total 308 (100) 256 (83.1) 44 (14.3) 5 (1.6) 3 (1.0) 0 (0.0)
Sex Males 167 (100) 106 (63.5) 35 (21.0) 15 (9.0) 2 (1.2) 9 (5.4)
Females 68 (100) 54 (79.4) 13 (19.1) 1 (1.5) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
Total 235 (100) 160 (68.1) 48 (20.4) 16 (6.8) 2 (1.0) 9 (3.8)
Shopping Males 87 (100) 64 (73.6) 13 (14.9) 8 (9.2) 1 (1.1) 1 (1.1)
Females 338 (100) 209 (61.8) 68 (20.1) 32 (9.5) 19 (5.6) 10 (3.0)
Total 425 (100) 273 (64.2) 81 (19.1) 40 (9.4) 20 (4.7) 11 (2.6)
Online chat Males 72 (100) 51 (70.8) 13 (18.1) 4 (5.6) 4 (5.6) 0 (0.0)
Females 72 (100) 55 (76.4) 12 (16.7) 2 (2.8) 2 (2.8) 1 (1.4)
Total 144 (100) 106 (73.6) 25 (17.4) 6 (4.2) 6 (4.2) 1 (1.0)
Video gaming Males 117 (100) 87 (74.4) 25 (21.3) 2 (1.7) 3 (2.6) 0 (0.0)
Females 84 (100) 66 (78.6) 7 (8.3) 7 (8.3) 4 (4.8) 0 (0.0)
Total 201 (100) 153 (76.1) 32 (15.9) 9 (4.5) 7 (3.5) 0 (0.0)
Eating Males 202 (100) 143 (70.8) 32 (15.8) 18 (8.9) 9 (4.5) N/A
Females 398 (100) 207 (52.0) 99 (24.9) 63 (15.8) 29 (7.3) N/A
Total 600 (100) 350 (58.3) 131 (21.8) 81 (13.5) 38 (6.3) N/A