The experimental portion of the study involved showing participants 100 stimuli depicting various sexual scenarios.Before and after watching these stimuli, participants rated their own sexual desire as well as their desire to masturbate.You might think that women hooked on Internet porn have poorer real-life relationships.
They also were more likely to engage in riskier sexual behavior.For example, they were more likely than NIPUs to agree, "My sexual thoughts and fantasies distract me from accomplishing important tasks," and "I feel like my sexual behavior is taking me in a direction I don’t want to go." They also agreed that they "do things sexually that are against my values and beliefs." Clearly, both men and women can become cybersex addicts.In the case of women, at least, the ramifications can lead include a set of unwanted consequences, some that may even pose danger to physical and mental health.Most of the comparisons of interest involved the IPUs vs. Compared to the NIPUs, the IPUs were more likely to watch softcore photos and videos, but they were even more likely to visit hardcore photo and video websites.There were no group differences in a host of other practices, such as having sex chats, having sex via Webcam, using dating sites, going to live sex shows, purchasing online sex toys, reading sexually arousing literature, searching information on STDs, or seeking advice on sexual practices.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).