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If you or someone you know seems to be veering in this direction, it's important to recognize that cybersex addiction can create real, not just virtual, problems in living.
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In investigating this relatively unexplored area, University of Duisberg-Essen psychologist Christian Laier and a team of German researchers decided to study the nature of cybersex addiction in women and understand its predictors.
They began with a perspective known as the which proposes that people become addicted to cybersex because they both anticipate and then receive sexual satisfaction.
The researchers told participants ahead of time that they would be viewing explicit pornographic material of legal sexual practices.
The individuals pursuing online sexual arousal aren’t hurting anyone, and the behavior is legal.Most of the comparisons of interest involved the IPUs vs. Compared to the NIPUs, the IPUs were more likely to watch softcore photos and videos, but they were even more likely to visit hardcore photo and video websites.There were no group differences in a host of other practices, such as having sex chats, having sex via Webcam, using dating sites, going to live sex shows, purchasing online sex toys, reading sexually arousing literature, searching information on STDs, or seeking advice on sexual practices.The widespread availability of Internet pornography has made it possible for millions of people to get sexual gratification easily, frequently, and without public attention.But because we so widely associate attraction to pornography with men, and because Internet pornography in general is a relatively recent phenomenon, there’s been very little scrutiny, either in academic research or the popular media, on women who become addicted to cybersex.