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"Now, people who were disenfranchised by virtue of their appearance have an outlet to be sexually active in a nondiscriminating marketplace."Weston explains that single parents who don't have enough time on their hands or widows who are reconnecting with new people are other good examples of those who might benefit from virtual sex -- beyond college students.While this new wave of sex is a solo act, in some cases, it can encourage communication between partners. "There are instances in which virtual sex is helpful because some people work up the courage to speak to their mate about something that arouses them that they found online, that they have not been able to talk about before," says Weston.He posted a survey on the Internet, with 2,684 students from more than 150 universities and colleges in Canada responding."Primarily it was an opportunity to gauge the views of students nationwide on their views on sex, their sex lives, practices, and desires," Gurza tells Web MD. Surprising Answers "We were expecting a high number of students to respond to this question as having engaged in virtual sex," Gurza says."It's cheating if your spouse considers it cheating," says Berman.
"When you are using a long-distance method to achieve sexual intimacy with a stranger who you never get to know, you are not achieving true intimacy," says Berman.
Many virtual connections are just precursors for the real thing and as such, this initial openness might lead to increased openness when the sexual deed occurs -- this is a good thing."It's easy to access, you can do it in the privacy of your own home, it's free (or at least cheap), and you can do it as often as you want -- morning, noon, and night. Intimacy Issues "A lot of people are engaging in Internet sex," says Jenn Berman, Ph.
D., a psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles who specializes in family and marriage counseling.
With a new generation well-versed in the language of high-tech love, what about those who think of an online world as foreign? "Virtual sex infiltrated the culture about five years ago when it wasn't just the techies anymore -- it was anyone who was interested in this type of sexual stimulation," says Louanne Cole Weston, Ph.
And what does virtual sex have to say about the real deal? D., a board-certified sex therapist in Fair Oaks, Calif.