You might think that women hooked on Internet porn have poorer real-life relationships.However, those with strong cybersex addiction were than their non-addicted counterparts to have sexual partners in large numbers, to feel less satisfied with their sexual contacts, or to use interactive cybersex sites.Most of the comparisons of interest involved the IPUs vs. Compared to the NIPUs, the IPUs were more likely to watch softcore photos and videos, but they were even more likely to visit hardcore photo and video websites.
But because we so widely associate attraction to pornography with men, and because Internet pornography in general is a relatively recent phenomenon, there’s been very little scrutiny, either in academic research or the popular media, on women who become addicted to cybersex.
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.
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.