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The ACE Model of Cybersexual Addiction is used to explain how the Internet creates a cultural climate of permissiveness that actually serves to encourage and validate sexually deviant behavior.
The ACE Model examines the Anonymity of online interactions that serves to increase the likelihood of the behavior, the Convenience of cyberporn and sexually-oriented chat rooms making it easily available to users, and finally, the Escape from mental tension derived from the experience which serves to reinforce the behavior leading to compulsivity.
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There are an estimated 70,000 sex-related Web site with 200 new adult web sites that include pornography and interactive chat rooms are being added per day (Swhartz, 1998).
The proliferation of sexually oriented chat rooms provides a mechanism that encourages a person's initial exploration.
Cybersexual Addiction has become a specific sub-type of Internet addiction.
It has been estimated that 1 in 5 Internet addicts are engaged in some form of online sexual activity (primarily viewing cyberporn and/or engaging in cybersex).
Gender significantly influences the way men and women view cybersex.
This leads to the second variable of the ACE Model, the of cyberporn and adult chat sites provides an immediately available vehicle to easily fall into compulsive patterns of online use.
Industry estimates that 9.6 million users, or about 15% of all Web users, logged on to the 10 most popular sex sites in the month of April 1998 alone.
The most vulnerable individuals seem to be those who suffer from low self-esteem, a severely distorted body image, untreated sexual dysfunction, or a prior sexual addiction.
Many people may automatically believe that the primary reinforcement of the online sexual act is the sexual gratification received from the experience.