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Technically, cybersex is defined as sexually motivated behavior involving the Internet.

Unlike other forms of addictive behavior, such as gambling disorder and substance disorders, cybersex addiction is not an officially recognized disorder and therefore mental health professionals would not give a diagnosis to people who show the signs of this kind of addiction.

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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 researchers told participants ahead of time that they would be viewing explicit pornographic material of legal sexual practices.

The young women were divided into groups based on their reported use of both Internet pornography and Internet sex chat rooms—Internet Pornography Users (IPUs); non-IPUs (NIPUs); interactive cybersex applications users only (ICUs); and noninteractive or no cybersex interactive applications users (NICUs).

One might argue that, in contrast to risky sexual behavior, cybersex addiction isn’t particularly troublesome.

The individuals pursuing online sexual arousal aren’t hurting anyone, and the behavior is legal.

During the one-hour testing in the lab, participants filled out a questionnaire, indicating how addicted they were to cybersex, known as the Internet Addiction Test adapted for cybersex use (IATs).

There are two scales on the IATS—one reflecting loss of control and time management and the second tapping craving and social problems.

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.

They don’t lack sexual activity in their lives, though they do seem to have more psychological problems.

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