I am a self-diagnosed Internet Addict. How about you? Here is a test that you can take. Be honest and answer truthfully. You will be the only one who sees the end results. My results showed that I was on the verge of becoming an addict. I think the only thing that saved me from being a full-fledged addict is that I do not gamble online, go to porn sites or participate in cyber sex but I do tend to flirt sometimes.
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Cybersex/Pornography Addiction is a specific sub-type of Internet addiction. Estimates suggest that 1 in 5 Internet addicts are engaged in some form of online sexual activity (primarily viewing cyberporn and/or engaging in cybersex). Studies show that men are more likely to view cyberporn, while women are more likely to engage in erotic chat. People who suffer from low self-esteem, a distorted body image, untreated sexual dysfunction, or a prior sexual addiction are more at risk to develop cybersex/cyberporn addictions. In particular, sex addicts often turn to the Internet as a new and safe sexual outlet to fulfill their underlying compulsive habit.
Online affairs account for a growing number of divorce cases and it is the most frequently treated problem at the Center for Online Addiction. Partners engaged in an online affair go through several personality changes and often rationalize that an online affair isn’t really cheating. They believe it is a harmless flirtation because it doesn’t involve any “physical touching”. However, the emotional pain and devastation to a once warm and loving relationship is just the same.
Online casinos have sprung up practically overnight into a multimillion-dollar business, attracting a large number of gamblers worldwide. Compulsive gambling has been around for decades, but now access and opportunity are even greater with the invention of Internet gambling, bringing with it a new form of addictive behavior.
Traditional gambling is glamorized on TV and in the media in a way that other addictions are not. Today, all anyone needs is a computer and the Internet to access the thousands of available online casinos. The 24-hour, seven-days a week availability of online casinos simulate the seductive and realistic experience of traditional casino luring millions of new users each year.
What’s the difference between healthy and unhealthy sexuality?
For most adults, healthy sexuality is an integrated life experience. Sex with partners, with self, or as a part of exploring new relationships is usually a pleasurable act of choice. For sexual addicts however, sexual behavior can be most often defined by words such as driven, compulsive, and hidden. Unlike healthy sex that is integrated into relationships, sexual addicts use sex as a means to cope, to handle boredom, anxiety, and other powerful feelings or as a way to feel important, wanted, or powerful.
Source: Sexual Recovery Institute
Internet addiction: Cyber-relationships
When used responsibly, the Internet can be a great place to interact socially, meet new people, and even start romantic relationships. However, online relationships can often be more intense than those in real life. Our fantasies are given free reign and the idea of being with our online love can exceed all realistic expectations. Since few real-life relationships can compete with these wild, fantasy relationships, the Internet addict will prefer to spend more and more time with their online friends.
Another problem is that about 50% of people online lie about their age, weight, job, marital status, or gender. When online friends meet and the real-life person fails to match the online persona, it can create profound emotional disappointment.