The Stanford University psychiatry professor and sex therapist, who is spearheading the first national survey on online sexual behavior, is among the most respected experts on sex and the Internet.
Cybersex involves any expression of sexuality while logged onto the Internet, Cooper said.
While my husband spent most evenings catching up on the horse racing he'd recorded over the weekend, I began perusing chatrooms – not in pursuit of cybersex necessarily, but initially more for harmless flirtation, a little virtual attention.
Soon, I was spending hours in the parallel universe of cyberspace, often through wonderfully wide-awake nights, uninhibited in a way I never could be in reality.
While it sometimes involves self-destructive sexual behavior that damages a marriage or career, it also includes online information about sex education and online self-help groups for victims of rape and molestation.
Porn sites helped usher in technical advances, such as broader bandwidth to transmit images and secure credit-card systems. "The Net provides the three A's: access, affordability and anonymity," Cooper said.I had to assume pseudonyms and officially log myself in to enter sexual chat rooms and hunt for possible sexual chat mates.I did discover many surprising things which eventually helped me in my writing.Many cybersex abusers are re-enacting aspects of past losses, conflicts or traumas in order to foster illusions of power and love." Some cybersex addicts develop a conditioned response to the computer and become sexually aroused even before turning it on, Dr. This can exacerbate the problem for people whose jobs involve work on a computer.I was a latecomer to counselling, having previously considered therapy a largely American pursuit. By the time I reached that landmark age, without children and in a marriage that was beginning to lose its fairytale glow, my daily life was beginning to feel not unlike a soap opera.The complexity of the cybersex phenomenon and the varied ethical issues anchored on it call for a rethinking of existing ethical frameworks and a formulation of a new one with concrete sexual norms for effective moral evaluation. The first section deals with cybersex as a contemporary human phenomenon, its ins and outs, its workings, language, and usage.The second section deals with the psychological analysis of cybersex, taking into account the positive and negative arguments of cybersexual encounters, explorations, and expressions.I ignored it until I could do so no longer, until eventually, for what felt like the sake of my sanity, I resolved to do something about it.A late arrival into the world of social media, I nevertheless embraced it as a kind of escape.The third section articulates the ethical framework which will best evaluate the cybersex phenomenon.Alvin Cooper is the Masters and Johnson of cybersex.