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Psychosocial Intervention

versão On-line ISSN 2173-4712versão impressa ISSN 1132-0559


SANCHEZ ZALDIVAR, Silvia  e  IRUARRIZAGA DIEZ, Itziar. New Dimensions, New Addictions: The Internet Sex Adicction. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2009, vol.18, n.3, pp.255-268. ISSN 2173-4712.

The network is endless: going anywhere, finding anything, being anyone. Typing the word sex on Google gives a figure of 96 million results. The network is changing our way of communication and relation; we can construct space-time coordinates before incompatible. Internet addiction is not recognized as a disorder in DSM-IV-TR or ICD-10. Both types of Internet addiction with sexual content are cybersex and pornography. Cybersex consists in experiencing sexual stimulation while maintaining sexual contact with other person. There is no user profile, it is a widespread behaviour and might have a positive aspect (in some communities, persons with fewer social skills, to spice sex life) and a negative aspect (addiction, loss of control, marital and family problems). Sex is safe, anonymous and without complications. Internet pornography voyeurism allows the visualization of all types of practices, the use of real models not professional and to spy our behaviour through the IP code. These sexual activities on the network seems to be powered by the "Triple A" engine: accessibility, anonymity, affordability. We must assess the individual, the couples and the Internet activities. There is no proven pharmacological or psychological treatment but cognitive behavioural programs and techniques used in other addictions are helpful. There is large comorbidity. The goal of treatment refers to the adaptive use of Internet. Health professionals should be in advance and learn about this kind of behaviours, as well as to disseminate the information appropriately not launching simplistic messages, providing markers and developing studies, research and prevention programs.

Palavras-chave : sex; addiction; Internet; cybersex; pornography.

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