Research in the field is still emerging, but based on what’s known currently, it appears that women are in fact less likely to use cybersex than men, and when they do, they're more likely to join chat rooms than to view pornography.Research also shows that women become more likely to prefer interactive cybersex as they get older.Unlike people who don’t develop an addiction, those hooked on cybersex actually become aroused by sexual cues on the Internet.
Technically, cybersex is defined as sexually motivated behavior involving the Internet.
Unlike other forms of addictive behavior, such as gambling disorder and substance disorders, cybersex addiction is not an officially recognized disorder and therefore mental health professionals would not give a diagnosis to people who show the signs of this kind of addiction.
The experimental portion of the study involved showing participants 100 stimuli depicting various sexual scenarios.
Before and after watching these stimuli, participants rated their own sexual desire as well as their desire to masturbate.
Participants also answered a questionnaire measuring their propensity for sexual excitation and another, the Hypersexual Behavior Inventory (HBI), to assess problematic sexual behavior.
They also rated themselves on a set of physiological and psychological symptoms within the past week, and provided information on the number of sexual partners they had both within the previous week and the previous 6 months.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.The researchers told participants ahead of time that they would be viewing explicit pornographic material of legal sexual practices.The young women were divided into groups based on their reported use of both Internet pornography and Internet sex chat rooms—Internet Pornography Users (IPUs); non-IPUs (NIPUs); interactive cybersex applications users only (ICUs); and noninteractive or no cybersex interactive applications users (NICUs).During the one-hour testing in the lab, participants filled out a questionnaire, indicating how addicted they were to cybersex, known as the Internet Addiction Test adapted for cybersex use (IATs).