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Cyber Sex and Addiction

Updated on March 15, 2013
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Gloria taught for many years, and also worked as a mental health group facilitator.

Is the illusion of sexual intimacy the wave of the future?
Is the illusion of sexual intimacy the wave of the future? | Source
Issac Asimov wrote the Foundation Trilogy..was it a prediction of things to come?
Issac Asimov wrote the Foundation Trilogy..was it a prediction of things to come? | Source

      Today 70% of all pornography viewing is done during the workday hours of 9am to 5pm.  The boss or co-worker sitting in his or her cubicle could be viewing sizzling images instead of company invoices or emails.  It is often very difficult to police or monitor such individuals as the typical cyber-sex addict usually becomes secretive and introverted. Therapists who specialize in treating such addictions state that normal self-control is not always strong enough to hold back the tides of compulsion. The reason?  Convenience and privacy--unlike other forms of sexual behavior which often have immediate and dire consequences and messy break-ups, the illusion of sex online seems safe--in the beginning.

     A woman who calls herself Nicole in Calgary, Canada, became so addicted to  sex chat rooms, she ultimately took an overdose of pills with alcohol while online.  Web cam on, her community of cyber-sex buddies watched in horror as Nicole attempted suicide in full view of them. Someone  emailed the local police, which saved her life. The pull of the sex chat rooms was so strong, Nicole stated that she had nowhere else to go, and wanted to die there.

     Science Fiction Writer Issac Asimov, author of the famed Foundation Trilogy, wrote of a world called Solaria, in which actual physical contact was abhorrant. In this planet of the future, denizens meet via a holographic apparatus in a process called "viewing."  All meeting is done through generated images. Even babies are reproduced without sexual contact, and only to replace someone who has died. Human contact is intolerable and awkard, and a form of psychic channeling is used for communication. Written fifty years ago, one might ask, how did Asimov know that someday soon millions of  human beings would prefer cyber-contact to the real thing?


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      Garnetbird 7 years ago

      I was somewhat shocked also..Your comments made my day!

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      amorea13 7 years ago

      Goodness me GarnetBird - I'm in some state of shock! Didn't know that people might be so addicted - porn on-screen in work-hours - in the work-place!! Seriously - I must be naive - I'd have thought all that was studied in the privacy of home late at night! Asimov must have been psychic. Thanks for this hub - fascinating!

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      Gloria Siess 7 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      Thank you Valerie!!

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      valeriebelew 7 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Interesting, GarnetBird. I think it is the delusion of safety, and the belief that there will be no consequences that appeals to internet sex addicts. (:v