Technology has significantly changed our world. Sexual imagery and encounters can now be accessed anywhere, anytime, using portable electronic devices. Users can generate a stream of graphic pornography, a wide variety of virtual sexual activities, and casual, anonymous, or paid-for sexual encounters with a click or a tap. Simply put, we have greater access to highly stimulating sexual content, and potential sexual partners, with much less built-in accountability. Porn addicts are especially vulnerable to the lure of digital technology and the seemingly endless array of stimulation it provides. Research suggests that cyber-porn addicts spend at least eleven or twelve hours per week online viewing porn.
Today, all forms of sex addiction are technology drivenfrom porn websites to webcams to casual sex hook-up apps found on smartphones. Sex addicts organize their lives around the pursuit of sexual activity with self or others, spending inordinate amounts of time viewing and masturbating to porn or planning, pursuing, and engaging in sex acts. At the same time, they neglect important relationships, work, and personal responsibilities. Overwhelming feelings of guilt, shame, and remorse invade when the acting out ends.
While it's complicated, recovery is possible. Always Turned On shows readers how to turn those temptations off while providing practical long-term solutions for recovery.
Robert Weiss, MSW, is a therapist, international speaker, and regular blogger on Psych Central and the Huffington Post.
Jennifer P. Schneider, MD, PhD, is a physician, international speaker, and the author of nine books.
by Robert Weiss and Jennifer P. Schneider
Table of Contents
Introduction Digital Technology and Our Ever-Changing World
Chapter One Sex, Tech, and Addiction
Chapter Two Pleasure Seeker or Addict?
Understanding the Differences
Chapter Three The Consequences of Sex Gone Awry
Chapter Four Sexual Addiction:
An Equal Opportunity Disorder for Women Too
Chapter Five Love and Romance Addiction in the Digital World
Chapter Six To the Cybersex Widow and Widower
Chapter Seven Kids, Family Life, and Cybersex Addiction
Chapter Eight From Disconnection to Intimacy:
The Healing Process
Chapter Nine Getting Help, Getting Well
Chapter Ten Single People and Sexual Healing:
The Dating Conundrum
Chapter Eleven Marriage, Long-Term Relationships,
and Sexual Healing: Rebuilding the Bond
Chapter Twelve Moving Beyond the Problem
APPENDIX Activity Resources (Sexual Boundary Plan and Dating Plan)