Watching Pornographic Pictures on the Internet: Role of Sexual Arousal Ratings and Psychological-Psychiatric Symptoms for Using Internet Sex Sites Excessively

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PUBLISHED

2011 in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Vol. 14(6), pp. 371-377

KEY FINDINGS
  • This study found a positive relationship between subjective sexual arousal when watching Internet pornographic pictures and the amount of daily life problems due to the excessive cybersex.
  • These findings are similar to the cue reactivity patterns found in individiuals with substance addictions.
ABSTRACT
Excessive or addictive Internet use can be linked to different online activities, such as Internet gaming or cybersex. The usage of Internet pornography sites is one important facet of online sexual activity. The aim of the present work was to examine potential predictors of a tendency toward cybersex addiction in terms of subjective complaints in everyday life due to online sexual activities. We focused on the subjective evaluation of Internet pornographic material with respect to sexual arousal and emotional valence, as... READ FULL ABSTRACT
EXCERPTS
  • "We found a positive relationship between subjective sexual arousal when watching Internet pornographic pictures and the self-reported problems in daily life due to the excessiveness of cybersex as measured by the IATsex."
  • "The finding that subjective sexual arousal ratings while watching Internet pornographic pictures is related to self-reported problems in daily life due to excessive use of cybersex sites may be interpreted in the light of previous studies on cue reactivity in individuals with substance dependency or behavioral addictions."
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