There is no scientific consensus concerning the basis for voyeurism. Most experts attribute the behavior to an initially random or accidental observation of an unsuspecting person who is naked, in the process of disrobing, or engaging in sexual activity. Successive repetitions of the act tend to reinforce and perpetuate the voyeuristic behavior.
As kids, most of us were taught that sex is forbidden—a private act that’s only for adults.
“Taboo and hidden things build curiosity—like, What’s going on behind these closed doors?” says Jacobey.