The study’s findings were clear: Women with a greater predisposition to becoming addicted to cybersex find Internet depictions of sexual activity more exciting and more likely to lead to cravings.Like men, women who become addicted to Internet pornography seem to do so out of a desire to achieve gratification.

Participants also answered a questionnaire measuring their propensity for sexual excitation and another, the Hypersexual Behavior Inventory (HBI), to assess problematic sexual behavior.

They also rated themselves on a set of physiological and psychological symptoms within the past week, and provided information on the number of sexual partners they had both within the previous week and the previous 6 months.

You might think that women hooked on Internet porn have poorer real-life relationships.

However, those with strong cybersex addiction were than their non-addicted counterparts to have sexual partners in large numbers, to feel less satisfied with their sexual contacts, or to use interactive cybersex sites.

For example, they were more likely than NIPUs to agree, "My sexual thoughts and fantasies distract me from accomplishing important tasks," and "I feel like my sexual behavior is taking me in a direction I don’t want to go." They also agreed that they "do things sexually that are against my values and beliefs." Clearly, both men and women can become cybersex addicts.

In the case of women, at least, the ramifications can lead include a set of unwanted consequences, some that may even pose danger to physical and mental health.

The experimental portion of the study involved showing participants 100 stimuli depicting various sexual scenarios.

Before and after watching these stimuli, participants rated their own sexual desire as well as their desire to masturbate.

Technically, cybersex is defined as sexually motivated behavior involving the Internet.