Sex in America Online: An Exploration of Sex, Marital Status, and Sexual Identity in Internet Sex Seeking and Its Impacts (2008)

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Julie M. Albrighta*

The Journal of Sex Research

Volume 45, Issue 2, 2008

DOI: 10.1080/00224490801987481

pages 175-186

Abstract

This was an exploratory study of sex and relationship seeking on the Internet, based on a survey of 15,246 respondents in the United States Seventy-five percent of men and 41% of women had intentionally viewed or downloaded porn. Men and gays/lesbians were more likely to access porn or engage in other sex-seeking behaviors online compared with straights or women.

A symmetrical relationship was revealed between men and women as a result of viewing pornography, with women reporting more negative consequences, including lowered body image, partner critical of their body, increased pressure to perform acts seen in pornographic films, and less actual sex, while men reported being more critical of their partners' body and less interested in actual sex. Marrieds and divorced were more likely than singles to go online seeking a serious relationship.

Only 2% of users met the threshold of compulsive use established by previous studies.