Children, too, often become victimized by cybersex addiction in a parent. Children may also suffer as a result of increasing conflict between the parents or breakup of the marriage.And even if the marriage survives, children may lack adequate parental attention when one parent is preoccupied with sex on the computer and the other is preoccupied with the cybersex addict.Just as an alcoholic craves his next drink, thinks he can stop on his own but fails over and over, uses alcohol to ease emotional pain, stress, loneliness, and anxiety, and continues to drink despite the negative consequences, so it is with a sex addict.
Many companies now monitor employees' online activities, and repeated visits to sexually oriented sites have cost people their jobs. Still, most who pursue cybersex consider it harmless and safe to do so. Partners commonly reported feeling betrayed, devalued, deceived, ignored and abandoned and unable to compete with a fantasy.
"How can I compete with hundreds of anonymous others who are now in our bed, in his head? "Our bed is crowded with countless faceless strangers, where once we were intimate." A 38-year-old woman married 18 years to a man who compulsively masturbates to images on the computer wrote that her husband had once had an extramarital affair and that "the online 'safe' cheating has just as dirty, filthy a feel to it as does the 'real-life' cheating." Although Dr.
The indicators of hypersexual disorders will vary to some degree depending on the individual.
For example, some sex addicts have multiple extramarital affairs, while others frequently hire prostitutes or use phone sex services excessively.
Cooper's survey indicates that most female cybersex addicts are single, married women also become cybersex addicts and their husbands suffer the consequences.