Ok Cupid, Tinder, and a plethora of other dating sites are more prevalent than ever, and the stigma of online romance is slowly but surely diminishing.
“I suppose it’s as good as a bar,” said Alice Aspen March, Los Angeles-based author of The Attention Factor.
Warning signs include: The first step to overcoming cyber sex addiction is to recognize that the problem exists.
A doctor or therapist can help identify any underlying problems such as depression, low self-esteem, or fear of real-life relationships.
In fact, in some ways, a strictly physical affair, especially a brief one like a one night stand, isn't nearly as painful to a jilted spouse as an ongoing relationship that, although taking place entirely via the internet or a phone, allows a partner to develop an emotional connection with another person.
Just like a physical affair, an emotional one affects the way partners relate to each other and usually not for the better.
Sex addicts on the Internet often experience a rapid progression of their addiction.
The new sexual thrills lead to spending huge amounts of time, moving more quickly into more extreme behaviors, taking greater risks, and getting caught more frequently.
It is not real.” “That aspect fantasy might be why so many married people get lured into affairs online when that was not their original intent.
With the increasing popularity of the Internet and the easy availability of pornographic websites, cyber sex addiction is becoming a problem.
Many people do enjoy adult chat rooms and pornographic sites without becoming addicted.
Moreover, while carrying on a traditional physical extramarital relationship requires the participants to find time away from work and family for secret rendezvous, strictly online infidelity affords a cheating mate the ability to be in almost constant contact with multiple paramours, all while sitting right next to his or her unsuspecting spouse on the sofa.
Another problem with non-physical online relationships, phone sex and sexting is that there is no guarantee that the encounters will remain at a distance and that the two will never meet face to face.