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Recreational Cybersex Can Lead to Addiction and Other Consequences

Many users of cybersex websites and materials may believe that since the interactions take place in a virtual reality, the activity doesn’t carry serious consequences. They’re wrong, say recent news reports, including one from ZeeNews.com.

The consequences of cybersex include addiction, destruction of marital or family relationships, loss of job, and depression. People may experiment with cybersex thinking that it’s all for fun, then quickly find themselves in a landslide of pornography and obsessive thoughts they can’t control.

In an Australian study from Swinburne University of Technology, researchers said that men who used online porn excessively had a depression rate of 27 percent, and that 35 percent showed significantly high stress levels. The connection to depression and high stress occurs because many with cybersex addictions neglect friends and family to engage in the behaviors in secret, leading to prolonged states of seclusion. As the stress brought on by social problems rises, they in turn may seek more cybersex experiences to try to fill the void and escape negative emotions, creating a destructive cycle.

Contrary to what some “recreational” online sex participants may believe, cybersex is actually linked to a loss of sexual pleasure and intimacy, say many experts, because the user over time begins to compare their cybersex relationships with real-life partners. A partner or spouse may feel inadequate and unable to compare, while at the same time the cybersex addict feels unsatisfied with their close relationships and disconnected from sexual relationships with a spouse or partner. Sexual dysfunction, such as inability to maintain an erection with a partner, has also been reported by people with cybersex addictions.

As a person’s addiction to cybersex grows, their fantasies also become more obsessive and more involved. Many say the cybersex thoughts invade their thoughts and actions, leading to a strong sense of dissatisfaction that the “real world” can’t compare to their cyber-world.

Cybersex addiction, like other sexual addictions or substance addictions, requires professional treatment to begin a path of recovery. This can include individual therapy or counseling to address the causes of the behavior, and the use of accountability partners or new Internet activity monitoring tools.

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