Is Technology Leading to an increase in Sex, Porn Addiction?

The 4th Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference is here again and this year will be held at Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast on 15th – 17th May.

Topics include:

  • Navigating the service system
  • Training and Support of AOD workers
  • Issues within rural and remote communities
  • Cultural safety and sensitivity when working with specific population groups
  • Emerging trends
  • Trauma informed services
  • The lived experience and their supporters

Ms Cara Crossan, Addiction Specialist at Cross Addictions joins us at the conference next month to discuss ‘Is Technology Leading to an increase in Sex, Porn Addiction?’.

This paper will examine the impact of modern information and communication technologies, most notably the internet, has had on sex addiction. The paper will examine the way porn is becoming an increasingly widespread problem. We all know what porn is, but little research has been carried out regarding its impact. The internet has been found to be a major catalyst behind the explosion of porn addiction. A study published in the journal Paediatrics stated that 42% of internet users aged 10 to 17 have been exposed to pornography. By the time these children reach adulthood, pornography can be a pervasive part of their lives and, for some; this can lead to serious problems. The availability, accessibility, convenience, affordability and anonymity of stimulating content can contribute to highly addictive behaviour or experience (Cooper, 1998). Although technologies and the internet can be used for healthy sexual expression and for relationships, it can also give rise to significant problems (Cooper, Delmonico & Burg, 2000).

Copper (1998) clearly explains why he believes online sexual addiction has been exacerbated by technology and access to the internet, calling it the three A’s of cybersex. Anonymity, Accessibility and Affordability. Technology provides 24 hours access, a user can download anything, anytime and anywhere at home, in the park, during their daily commute, or at work. Technology has spawned websites that facilitate anonymous sex, devices that modify the humble phone into a sexual device and apps that are location aware and put ‘customers’ in touch with one another for sexual pleasure. This paper explores all these areas and reports on the impact this is having for clients and their partners.

For more information on the upcoming 2017 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference and to secure your spot, please visit addictionaustralia.org.au.

 

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