Perhaps due to disinhibition, internet users tend to experience a sense of instant intimacy. Over 40% of internet users experience accelerated intimacy while more than 75% of internet addicts do so (with little distinction between males and females). Accelerated intimacy means an increased sense of personal intimacy and social connection that occurs at a much faster than normal rate. This may, however, reflect pseudo-intimacy – and it is as yet unknown whether this will translate into a more mature ongoing love. It probably is easier to experience romantic intimacy when the practical reality and anxiety of sexual consummation is not immediately present. (Greenfield, Daivid N., PhD. Virtual Addiction – Help for Netheads, Cyberfreaks, and Those Who Love Them. p 31-32. CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc, 1999.)


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