Unlike people who don’t develop an addiction, those hooked on cybersex actually become aroused by sexual cues on the Internet.
If you don’t become turned on by pornographic images on the Internet, you won’t become a cybersex addict.
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.
Most of the comparisons of interest involved the IPUs vs. Compared to the NIPUs, the IPUs were more likely to watch softcore photos and videos, but they were even more likely to visit hardcore photo and video websites.
There are two scales on the IATS—one reflecting loss of control and time management and the second tapping craving and social problems.
They don’t lack sexual activity in their lives, though they do seem to have more psychological problems.
In the experiment, the pictures served as cues, similar to those that also trigger other addictive behavior, such as alcohol-related cues that trigger alcohol use.
You might think that women hooked on Internet porn have poorer real-life relationships.
However, those with strong cybersex addiction were than their non-addicted counterparts to have sexual partners in large numbers, to feel less satisfied with their sexual contacts, or to use interactive cybersex sites.
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.