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He treats about seven online sex addicts at his practice in Melbourne's inner south."They're absolutely at the end of their tether in terms of being able to control their behaviour themself," he said."Clients will even go as far as putting filters and blocks on websites.
They've often made changes like putting their computer into other rooms.'I've got one client who frequently looks at cyber sex at work and just struggles to control that behaviour."Dr Squirrell says he often suggests people fighting an addiction to cyber sex install filtering devices or join support groups such as Sex Addicts Anonymous, which offer a 12-step program based on the Alcoholics Anonymous model.
Warning signs include: The first step to overcoming cyber sex addiction is to recognize that the problem exists.
I would say, "Hello." And a strange somewhere across the world would respond, "a/s/l/? As an adult, I'm aware that while I was in AOL chats to talk about pop culture, a large chunk of the folks were just looking for digital hook-ups.He says it is important to realise that not all cyber sexual activity is harmful."Most people can engage in cyber sex and take it or leave it.But there is significant minority, like there is with all addictions, where the behaviour just gets absolutely completely out of control," he said.Melbourne psychologist Marcus Squirrell says the study of 1,325 internet users shows significant levels of infidelity and addiction.Dr Squirrell carried out the research as part of his professional doctorate at Melbourne's Swinburne University.