Internet Sex Addiction
Counselling for Internet Sex Addiction::Sydney And Online
Internet-sex is also called Cybersex, Computer-sex, Netsex, Mudsex, Tinysex, and colloquially cybering. Internet sex is around for more than a decade. More recently, therapists report increasing numbers of Internet-sex addiction.
Internet-sex or cybersex is a virtual sex encounter between two or more participants, who connect via Computer, Smart-Phone, i-Pad, Tablet, or Social Media, and engage in exchanging messages with explicit sexual content, featuring sexual fantasies and virtual sexual role-play.
Internet-sex participants may, or may not, include real-life masturbation. The quality of sexual stimulation depends on the participants’ ability to evoke vivid and arousing mental pictures in the minds of their partners.
The most common Internet-sex locations are sex-chat-rooms, email, social media, websites, and instant messenger systems. In addition, some Internet-sex addicts maintain personal profiles on various sex or relationship dating sites for purposes of attracting either virtual, or real life sex partners. Web-cams may be used to provide visual enhancement. Internet-sex is a mostly non commercialised pursuit, however, several sex companies feature employed sex workers, and offer paid memberships.
INTERNET AND CHAT-ROOM SEX ADDICTION AND PORNOGRAPHY
In recent years, Internet-Sex Addiction or Machine Enhanced Sexual Addiction, is increasing as more people access the Internet. Many online sex addicts share histories of pornography addiction, and escalations of sexually explicit online acting-out behaviours with like-minded others. On occasions, acting-out behaviours escalate into personally meeting the online sex partner for sex. Machine Enhanced Sexual Addictions, or Internet-Sex Addictions, are known of bearing an increased risk in speeding up the process of addicting to sexual stimuli, and influencing sexual behaviour significantly, due to a perceived and false protection ritual nicknamed 'Tripple A Engine', including; Perceived Anonymity, Availability, and Easy Access.
Some Cybersex users enter sex chat-rooms by using avatars. Avatars are attractive because they protect privacy and provide anonymity. Avatars may unleash creativity to almost limitless fantasy role-play as a 'third person' persona. Participants, who enter on-line role-play as avatars, may retain their character for the entire duration of their on-line relationship.
Individuals use Internet-sex for a variety of addictive, or non-addictive reasons. Teenagers may be curious and want to explore sex safely, by avoiding a real person and possible STI infections.
Adults may see Cybersex as an extension to their sexuality, when sharing their sexual fantasies with like-minded others. For some, Internet-sex is a forum of expressing sexual taboos that are too dangerous, too impractical, or too impossible to be experienced in real-life relationships.
Couples who live geographical separated lives, with little face-to-face contact, may use Internet-sex to exchange their sexual needs as a tool to retain intimacy in their relationship. Other couples may use Cybersex because they find it more manageable to communicate their sexual differences on-line and resolving sexual difficulties.
PERSONAL AND LEGAL RISKS USING INTERNET SEX
Users may make false assumptions about cybersex safety.
Internet sex, although not involving a real-life person, presents a new form of marital infidelity. Many relationships and marriages experience significant distress arising from non-consensual use of Internet-sex. Resulting separations and divorces occur with alarming frequency.
COUNSELLING FOR INTERNET SEX ADDICTION
If you experience distress or marital conflict, caused by the use of Internet-sex, please contact Sex Addiction Australia for information or booking a confidential consultation. Call (+61) 02 9380 4486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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