Online sexual activities: An exploratory study of problematic and non-problematic usage patterns in a sample of men

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Title
Online sexual activities: An exploratory study of problematic and non-problematic usage patterns in a sample of men
Journal
Computers in Human Behavior
Author(s)
Wéry Aline, Billieux J.
ISSN
0747-5632
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2016
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
56
Pages
257-266
Language
english
Abstract
Involvement in online sexual activities (OSAs) is ubiquitous, especially in males, and can under certain
circumstances become problematic. The risk factors associated with problematic OSAs remain, however,
poorly explored. The current study aimed to investigate the characteristics, usage patterns, and motives
for men to engage in OSAs and to disentangle the risk factors associated with problematic OSAs. To this
end, 434 men completed an online survey measuring socio-demographic information, OSAs consumption
habits, motives for engaging in OSAs, symptoms of problematic OSAs, and sexual dysfunctions.
Results showed that watching pornography is the most prevalent OSA, and sexual gratification is the
most frequent motive for OSAs involvement. Additional multiple regression analyses indicated that the
following characteristics are associated with problematic use of OSAs: (a) partnered-arousal activities
(e.g., sex chat) and solitary-arousal activities (e.g., pornography); (b) anonymous fantasizing and mood
regulation motives; and (c) higher sexual desire, lower overall sexual satisfaction, and lower erectile
function. This study sheds new light on the characteristics, motives, and sexual function of men involved
in OSAs, emphasizing that problematic OSAs are heterogeneous and depend on interrelated factors. The
findings support tailoring of preventive actions and clinical interventions to both OSA type and individual
risk factors.
Keywords
Online Sexual Activities, Cybersex, Pornography
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