Private Counselling for Internet Sex Addiction in Sydney & Nationally Online
You may remember historical terms for Online or Internet sex, such as Cybersex, Computer-sex, Netsex, Mudsex, Tinysex, and colloquially cybering. Most importantly, Internet sex is a forum of freely chatting and sharing sexual fantasies in an (often falsely) perceived safe environment. Internet sex is around for almost two decades and increases in popularity. More recently, psychologists and sex addiction therapists report increasing numbers of online consumers who have addicted to Internet sex and seeking professional treatments for their online (and offline) sexual compulsions.
Affirmotive Sex Addiction Australia, or ASAA, is a specialist in Online sex addiction therapy and relationship counselling. We provide over two decades of professional experience in treating hypersexual disorder and sexual addictions, including Online sex addiction. We can help Online sex addicts to stop their toxic cycle of addiction and terminate their sexual compulsions.
Internet sex is a virtual sex encounter between two, or more, consenting participants who connect via the internet to exchange sexual attraction and almost limitless sexual fantasies, working out personal, sexual, or gender issues, or exchanging arousing sex talk and virtual sexual role-play. For some sex addicts, Online sex activities escalate to meeting like-minded chat room partners for sex.
Most commonly used Internet sex locations are sex chat rooms, email and instant messenger systems, social media, youtube and similar, sex and porn websites, sex dating apps, and commercial dating websites. In addition, some Online sex addicts may simultaneously maintain a number of personal profiles on various sex or dating sites to purposefully enhancing their chances to attract as many as possible virtual, or real life, sex partners. Webcams may be used to provide visual enhancement. Internet sex is a mostly private activity. However, several sex companies feature employed sex workers online, and offer paid memberships.
WHAT ARE YOU LETTING YOURSELF IN
In recent years, Online sex addiction has significantly increased amongst young consumers in their teens, as well as older people in relationships, or married. These findings are consistent with increased online accessibility. Many online sex addicts share histories of pre-existing pornography addiction, and histories of dysfunctional social or sexual behaviours.
Some Internet users may enter sex chat-rooms and social media platforms 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 online relationships.
WHY ONLINE SEX?
- Individuals use Online 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 Online sex as an extension to their sexuality when sharing their sexual fantasies with like-minded others. For some, Online sex is a forum for expressing sexual taboos that are too dangerous, too impractical, or too impossible to be experienced in real-life relationships.
- Couples, who live geographically separated lives, may use Online sex to exchange sexual intimacy online as a tool to retain their bond. Other couples may use Internet sex because they find it more manageable to communicate sexual desires or sexual differences online.
- Some Online sex users become addicts. Internet addiction may develop fast and without warning.
PERSONAL AND LEGAL RISKS OF ONLINE SEX
Users may make false assumptions about Online sex safety.
- Internet sex is often criticised because participants commonly have little verifiable knowledge about each other. Gender, age, identity, motivation, and location of participants may be obscured.
- Corrupt participants may record role-play sessions without the partner’s informed consent, and with an intend to disclose the content to others, or publically online.
- Frequent use of Internet sex can trigger dangerous levels of distorted sexual fantasy, and abnormal sexual arousal. Frequent online sexual activity may carry significant risk to rapidly developing sexual addiction and sexual compulsive behavioural disorders.
Internet sex, although mostly 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.
ONLINE SEX ADDICTION COUNSELLING AND RESOLVING MARITAL CONFLICT
If you experience personal distress or marital conflict due to Online sexual behaviour, please contact our clinical sex therapist and professional counsellor Heide at Sex Addiction Australia in our Sydney office for information, or booking a confidential consultation. Call us today (+61) 02 9380 4486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org