A doctor or therapist can help identify any underlying problems such as depression, low self-esteem, or fear of real-life relationships.
Not all cyber sex addicts have these problems, but if they are present, treatment is essential to recovery.
I wasn't sure to where to put this, so I figured here was the best place.
I'm 21 years old and have been dating a girl that I love, a lot, for almost 3 years now.
Pretty much everything is great in our relationship - we get along really well, we both love each other a lot, talk really well, enjoy spending time together, etc. I guess it's only somewhat recently that I've come to this realization. I don't really remember, but a long time - and since before I was in this relationship.
I was never really in any relationships before her (which started when I was 18) - just some casual hook ups in high school and whatnot.
Anyways, I have been on and off with the cyber sex over the years - but I can never seem to kick the habit, even though I try.
With the increasing popularity of the Internet and the easy availability of pornographic websites, cyber sex addiction is becoming a problem.
Many people do enjoy adult chat rooms and pornographic sites without becoming addicted.
Others, though, spend so much time on cyber sex that their lives and relationships suffer. Although sex chat and performances may be shared online, the participants are physically alone with their computers. Cyber sex addiction has the same characteristics as any other addiction. A person with addiction to cyber sex feels cravings for an online "fix" much like an alcoholic craves a drink.
Being online becomes a priority, to the detriment of real-life relationships.
The counseling center at the University of Rochester offers a useful checklist to help people with cyber sex addiction, and their friends and families, to recognize the problem.