The authors did a great job of making it easy for the average reader.
Cybersex, also called computer sex, Internet sex, netsex and, colloquially, cyber or cybering, is a virtual sex encounter in which two or more people connected remotely via computer network send each other sexually explicit messages describing a sexual experience.
I do not feel that this book would be of tremendous value to the experienced online user for it fails to address some of the "real" issues that confront us all, i.e., confusion, guilt, anxiety, etc.
Also, in an analytic setting, the analyst observes passively aware, whereas online we are still 'reacting' to the inducements provided by other people and circumstances. To ascribe to a particular behavior that such and such a person is 'narcissistic' or 'sociopathic' is not an interpretation: it is a judgment.
Those that have online experience probably have learned that the utterances of the personality often have little, if no meaning at all.
However, for the experienced user, certain psychological factors that have been only briefly touched upon, could be misinterpreted.
The authors did not differentiate between that which constitutes 'personality' and that which would constitute 'character', and lay their emphasis on the observation of one's personality as a yardstick of cyber discernment.
among lovers who are geographically separated, or among individuals who have no prior knowledge of one another and meet in virtual spaces or cyberspaces and may even remain anonymous to one another.
In some contexts cybersex is enhanced by the use of a webcam to transmit real-time video of the partners.
It is very difficult to write any book; and certainly this subject matter is resistant to typical definitions in the absence of all the affect of real life inducements that typify reactive behaviors.
The authors 'flirt' around with psychodynamic concepts, but fail to broach the subject deeply; probably by choice.
In one form, this fantasy sex is accomplished by the participants describing their actions and responding to their chat partners in a mostly written form designed to stimulate their own sexual feelings and fantasies.
The quality of a cybersex encounter typically depends upon the participants' abilities to evoke a vivid, visceral mental picture in the minds of their partners.
According to the University counselors, you may be addicted to cyber sex if: Other warning signs may be part of addiction, or they may reveal that a person is at risk.