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Online Sex Addiction

Private Counselling for Internet Sex Addiction in Sydney & Nationally Online

Internet sex is also called Cybersex, Computer-sex, Netsex, Mudsex, Tinysex, and colloquially cybering. Internet sex is around for longer than a decade and does not go away. More recently, sex therapists report increasing numbers of online sex addicts seeking professional counselling and clinical sex therapy to treat their sexual compulsions and salvaging their failing marital relationships.

Affirmotive Sex Addiction Australia (ASAA) is a specialist in sexual and gender counselling and focuses their professional face to face and online sex addiction counselling and clinical sex therapy on helping those who have addicted to internet sex, and those who struggle with identifying issues surrounding their sexuaitlty. Internet sex is a virtual sex encounter between two, or more, participants who connect via the internet to exchange sexual attraction, sexual fantasies, discussing sex, working out personal, sexual, or gender issues, exchanging arousing sex talk or virtual sexual role-play, and for some, seeking to meet potential real life sexual partners.


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 Internet sex addicts may simultaneously maintain a number of personal profiles on various sex or relationship dating sites to purposefully enhance 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 non commercialised pursuit, however, several sex companies feature employed sex workers, and offer paid memberships.


In recent years, online sex addiction is reported to increase as more people access the Internet. Many online sex addicts share histories of pre-existing pornography addiction, and sexual histories of escalations of various online sexual behaviours with like-minded others. On occasions, online acting out behaviours may cross boundaries where the addict seeks to personally meet their the online sexual counterpart.


Some Internet users may 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 online relationship.


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 Internet sex as an extension to their sexuality when sharing their sexual fantasies with like-minded others. For some, online sex is a forum of expressing sexual taboos that are too dangerous, too impractical, or too impossible to experience in real-life relationships.

Couples, who live geographically separated lives, may use online sex to exchange their sexual intimacy as a tool to retain their bond. Other couples may use Internet sex because they find it more manageable to communicate their sexual desires or their sexual differences online.


Users may make false assumptions about cybersex safety.

  • Internet sex is often criticised because the partners have frequently 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 with an intend to disclose the content to others, or to distribute content in public.
  • Frequent use of Internet sex can trigger high levels of sexual fantasy and abnormal sexual arousal. Frequent online sexual activity may carry a significant risk of rapidly developing sexual addiction and sexual compulsive behavioural disorders.


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.


If you experience distress or marital conflict, caused by the use of Internet sex, 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 (+61) 02 9380 4486 or email