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.
As they predicted, Laier and his colleagues found that the IPUs felt more sexually aroused and had higher cravings than the NIPUs.
Those with higher cybersex addiction, in turn, found the pictures more exciting, felt more cravings, were also more sensitive to sexual excitation, had more problematic sexual behaviors, and had more psychological symptoms.
The researchers told participants ahead of time that they would be viewing explicit pornographic material of legal sexual practices.
The young women were divided into groups based on their reported use of both Internet pornography and Internet sex chat rooms—Internet Pornography Users (IPUs); non-IPUs (NIPUs); interactive cybersex applications users only (ICUs); and noninteractive or no cybersex interactive applications users (NICUs).
During the one-hour testing in the lab, participants filled out a questionnaire, indicating how addicted they were to cybersex, known as the Internet Addiction Test adapted for cybersex use (IATs).
There are two scales on the IATS—one reflecting loss of control and time management and the second tapping craving and social problems.
Unlike people who don’t develop an addiction, those hooked on cybersex actually become aroused by sexual cues on the Internet.
If you don’t become turned on by pornographic images on the Internet, you won’t become a cybersex addict.
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.
For example, they were more likely than NIPUs to agree, "My sexual thoughts and fantasies distract me from accomplishing important tasks," and "I feel like my sexual behavior is taking me in a direction I don’t want to go." They also agreed that they "do things sexually that are against my values and beliefs." Clearly, both men and women can become cybersex addicts.