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Cybersex a Link to Addiction

At least 2 million are hooked, experts say

A survey of almost 40,000 people suggests that men and women are increasingly going online to engage in sexual activities.

According to an article on, people responding to the site's survey spent one hour of every seven online participating in something related to sex. Almost 10 percent of respondents said they're addicted to sex and the Internet. More than four times as many men participated in the survey, 82 percent male to 18 percent female. But the women who did respond were more open-minded about whether cybersex constituted cheating on one's real-world partner.

A related story on MSNBC says 25 percent of survey respondents said their Internet sex activities sometimes felt out of control or caused problems in their lives. Although cybersex can provide a safe place to experiment with sexuality, for some people it can create serious psychological and relationship problems, the article says. You know you have a problem if your online activities are interfering with your work, your relationships or your recreational activities. At least 2 million Americans are addicted to cybersex, according to The National Council on Sex Addiction and Compulsivity.

How do you know if one of your employees is addicted to the Internet? To find out more, you can read this supervisor's guide from the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery. To find out more about Internet addiction and why "newbies" to the net are most likely to be afflicted, you can read this article from TechWeb.

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