Avoid underestimating the power of human sexuality and the Internet. A large number of Interent addicts may also be sex and relationship addicts, as well. The Internet can be so sexually alluring that it becomes an easy way to fulfill their sexual desires. As with many addictive behaviors, there is a clear need for an increase in sexually stimulating material to achieve the same degree of satisfaction. Cybersex encounters may move on to actual in-person encounters. Regardless, spending a significant amount of time with another person outside of your primary relationship may end up breaching intimacy parameters in your actual relationship. Easy access makes sexual addictgion more probable online than through other mediums. ( Greenfield, David N., PhD. Virtual Addiction. p 86-120. CA:New Harbinger Publications, Inc, 1999.)

Data suggest that there is a continuum of online sexual behavior that appears to be significantly higher for those who are addicted to the Internet. For example, when comparing Internet addicted versus nonaddicted percentages, there appears to be a progression of sexual behavior from online to real-time:

Online Behaviors
Nonaddicted Person
Addicted Person
Flirting
20%
57%
Explicit sex-talk
9%
38%
Masturbation
12%
37%
Online affair
14%
42%
Phone contact
18%
50%
Real-time sex
13%
31%

(Greenfield, David N., PhD. Virtual Addiction. p 179-180. CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc, 1999.)

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