Many virtual connections are just precursors for the real thing and as such, this initial openness might lead to increased openness when the sexual deed occurs -- this is a good thing.” It’s easy to access, you can do it in the privacy of your own home, it’s free (or at least cheap), and you can do it as often as you want -- morning, noon, and night. Prescriptions for Sexual Frustration Intimacy Issues “A lot of people are engaging in Internet sex,” says Jenn Berman, Ph D, a psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles who specializes in family and marriage counseling.“But for people who are doing it regularly or are substituting their intimate relationships for online sex, we’re talking about people who have intimacy issues.” By consistently choosing a computer over the real deal -- whether it’s for sex or for human interaction in general -- one can sense the problems that might arise.“One can almost say that there has been a technological sexual revolution,” says Gurza.“With every new advent in technology, virtual sex evolves.Anytime you prefer to have online sex to actual human company -- a friend calls you up and asks you to dinner and you choose not to go because you’d rather engage in online sex -- that’s when you're headed for trouble.” Cheating Online And then, of course, comes the question that’s as old as the Internet -- is online sex cheating?“When one person in a marriage is going to the Internet to get sex, it erodes the intimacy in the marriage,” says Berman.
“It makes it much more immediate and getting down to the point, as text messaging is all concise communication.” As the technology evolves and continues to expand into our lives, so will the opportunity for virtual sex.
He posted a survey on the Internet, with 2,684 students from more than 150 universities and colleges in Canada responding. Surprising Answers ‘We were expecting a high number of students to respond to this question as having engaged in virtual sex,” Gurza says.
“Primarily it was an opportunity to gauge the views of students nationwide on their views on sex, their sex lives, practices, and desires,” Gurza tells Web MD. “A number approximating around 50 percent was our expected guess.
“Just like any other form of human communication, sexual communication is evolving,” says Gurza.
“People communicate their sexual desires quite freely via virtual sex, which might not be the case in real- time sexual connections.