Addicted to online sex

Online sex addiction is growing, affecting millions of Americans, from businessmen to housewives and gay men.

Online sex addiction is growing, affecting millions of Americans, from businessmen to housewives and gay men.

A conference of psychologists in the US recently heard that one in five Internet addicts take part in some form of online sexual activity (looking at cyberporn, talking erotically in a chatroom, etc).

The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, who staged the conference, estimates the US has two million Cybersex addicts, both in and out of recovery.

Delegates heard the Internet is "revolutionising sexuality", just as cocaine transformed the field of substance abuse.

"The Internet does not create sexual addicts. However, it can and does provide a forum of sexual acting that can lead to the progression of sexually addicted behaviours," an NCSAC paper also reveals.

Women as much as men indulge in Cybersex, heard the conference, believing it to be safe for satisfying their curiousity and sexuality.

Shy women, image-conscuious corporate executives and gays and lesbians are more susceptible, says the NCAS, particularly the latter, who feel free to release their repressed sexuality "like an explosion".

The conference also heard that such compulsions are also creating pressures for couples as people believe online sex is acceptable within relationships.

The NCSAC advises anyone suffering Cybersex addiction to seek help. More information is available on www.ncsac.org.

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