They log on each day to participate in erotic chat-room discussions or to engage in cybersex-a phenomenon that has led to psychological studies on online sexual behavior and heated debates about whether or not sexual online correspondence is infidelity. For example, cybersex in online chat rooms often refers to computer-mediated, interactive sexual story telling (in real time).
Cameras were quickly used for erotic photography, moving pictures soon became X-rated films, and with the advent of the videocassette came the booming adult entertainment industry.
Enter the PC and the Internet, which completely transformed our real-time sexual interactions as well as how and where we view erotica.
Similarly, multiple user domains (MUDs) are used as virtual places where characters, objects, rooms, and actions are all created in text.
MUD users often have cybersex in much the same way as Internet Relay Chat and chat room users do. Finally, there is an emerging area called cyberdildonics, which relates to interactive gear and toys that can enhance the online cybersex experience with actual physical sensations.
Find out as we explore the meaning of sex in a high-tech age.
People often sexualize technology, but technology, in turn, has given people creative license when with their sexuality.
Vivid Entertainment, the world's biggest producer of adult films, for example, has been experimenting with cyberdildonics.
Proud of its reputation as a company that's been on the frontline of technology, it has a functioning 0 Cyber Sex Suit a neoprene bodysuit with 36 electronic sensors in the chest, inner thighs, and other erogenous zones that transmit heat, cold, and vibrations.
A person can send a signal to a DVD player via a remote, which then goes over the Internet, into the wearer's computer, and to the suit via a connector.