They don’t lack sexual activity in their lives, though they do seem to have more psychological problems.In the experiment, the pictures served as cues, similar to those that also trigger other addictive behavior, such as alcohol-related cues that trigger alcohol use.
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.
Participants also answered a questionnaire measuring their propensity for sexual excitation and another, the Hypersexual Behavior Inventory (HBI), to assess problematic sexual behavior.
They also rated themselves on a set of physiological and psychological symptoms within the past week, and provided information on the number of sexual partners they had both within the previous week and the previous 6 months.
In investigating this relatively unexplored area, University of Duisberg-Essen psychologist Christian Laier and a team of German researchers decided to study the nature of cybersex addiction in women and understand its predictors.
They began with a perspective known as the which proposes that people become addicted to cybersex because they both anticipate and then receive sexual satisfaction.If you do, and you experience a set of other risk factors, you may.Laier and his team recruited 102 young heterosexual adult females from the community ranging from 18 to 29 years old.The study’s findings were clear: Women with a greater predisposition to becoming addicted to cybersex find Internet depictions of sexual activity more exciting and more likely to lead to cravings.Like men, women who become addicted to Internet pornography seem to do so out of a desire to achieve gratification.Unlike people who don’t develop an addiction, those hooked on cybersex actually become aroused by sexual cues on the Internet.