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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Cybersex (part one)

Before we get into the specifics of behaviors, let's look at the behaviors sheltered under the cybersex umbrella. When cybersex came on the scene, we dubbed it "the crack cocaine of sex addiction" because of its accessibility and affordability. The Internet allowed for a quick progression of the disease; if addicts hadn't been acting out at all, or hadn't progressed in their behaviors, the Internet instantly provided the inflammatory spark.

Addicts could now access their secret sex world by pushing buttons. They no longer had to cruise the streets, go to seedy adult bookstores, or put themselves at physical risk. They could find whatever they craved any time of the day or night, right from the comfort of their homes.

Over $1 billion is made annually by the cybersex industry as a whole (meaning any site containing sexual content). The business is expected to grow by $5 to $7 billion over the next five years.

It was not just men who were acting out; 32 million women visited at least on pornography website in one month of 2004 alone.

In addition, 41 percent of women said they held deliberately viewed or downloaded pornographic pictures and movies. However, women primarily act out in chat rooms -- a breeding ground for intrigue, seduction, and fantasy.

For me, the most shocking statistic is that the largest group of visitors of Internet porn is children ages 12 to 17. Even more devastating are the statistics related to child pornography.

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