The experimental portion of the study involved showing participants 100 stimuli depicting various sexual scenarios.
If you do, and you experience a set of other risk factors, you may.
Laier and his team recruited 102 young heterosexual adult females from the community ranging from 18 to 29 years old.
The study’s findings were clear: Women with a greater predisposition to becoming addicted to cybersex find Internet depictions of sexual activity more exciting and more likely to lead to cravings.
Like men, women who become addicted to Internet pornography seem to do so out of a desire to achieve gratification.
Research in the field is still emerging, but based on what’s known currently, it appears that women are in fact less likely to use cybersex than men, and when they do, they're more likely to join chat rooms than to view pornography.
Research also shows that women become more likely to prefer interactive cybersex as they get older.
But being hooked on cybersex can interfere with an individual’s ability to lead a productive and satisfying life. study did not have fewer or less rewarding sexual relationships in their own lives, they did have more symptoms indicating psychological problems.
They also were more likely to engage in riskier sexual behavior.
The bottom line is that whether male or female, people who use the Internet for sex are doing so because they find online depictions to be reinforcing.
What’s not clear is why it is that Internet images are so rewarding for these individuals, and how the cue of seeing sexual behavior online leads to craving.
As they predicted, Laier and his colleagues found that the IPUs felt more sexually aroused and had higher cravings than the NIPUs.