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.
Research also shows that women become more likely to prefer interactive cybersex as they get older.
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.
Voyeurs can get something out of ogling the ladies in Brad Armstrong's "Cybersex", shot over 20 years ago before the actor-turned-director hit his stride, but his treatment of a potentially interesting subject is poor.
But because we so widely associate attraction to pornography with men, and because Internet pornography in general is a relatively recent phenomenon, there’s been very little scrutiny, either in academic research or the popular media, on women who become addicted to cybersex.
The study’s findings were clear: Women with a greater predisposition to becoming addicted to cybersex find Internet depictions of sexual activity more exciting and more likely to lead to cravings.
Like men, women who become addicted to Internet pornography seem to do so out of a desire to achieve gratification.
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.