American virtual sex

He answered questions from Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook.

Early in your book, you say that our understanding of addiction is too narrow. Our understanding of addiction is too narrow in two respects.

The technology, already available in smartphones, is also widely used in video game controllers and movie theater seats; vibrations are timed to the on-screen action.

As convenient as the drive-up window at your favorite fast-food restaurant, the personal computer as a conduit for virtual sexual encounters and experiences requires little effort short of booting up and logging on.

With its easy access comes an increasing number of people who are pointing and clicking their way to electronic sexual satisfaction.

He posed questions like, how many times a week do you have sex? We knew it would be high, given that students were filling this survey anonymously and as such would feel comfortable being truthful about their sexual habits.” Gurza was surprised to find 50 percent wasn’t even close.

“Eighty-seven percent having had virtual sex was astonishing to us, but upon reflection it is very much a testament to the demographic we are dealing with,” says Gurza, of the 18- to 22-year-olds who responded to the survey -- many of whom grew up in an online world.

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