In 1998 analyzing number of the visitors on the 5 biggest “sex” portals was discovered that during the month they have been visited by around 9 million people. It’s about 15 % of all of the American internet users (57 million). But word “sex” is continuingly most often used search word on internet search engines.
Who’s visiting these “sex” pages? Why are they so popular? These and many other questions about sex and internet were tried to clarify by Alvin (?) Cooper. In 1998 he together with his coworkers developed an anonymous poll which included 59 questions. It was placed in different “sex” portals, that way were gathered information about people visiting these sites. To this questionnaire responded and filled out the form 13,5 thousand visitors of the “sex” portals.
Statistically processed were 4000 less questionnaires. Picked out and eliminated were ones of persons younger than 18 years and those which were not fully filled out. Although these sites are not allowed to visit for those who are less than 18 years old, big part of forms were filled by them. That means that in spite of all the warnings and precautions, they are not working and people younger than allowed are visiting these sites.
Let’s shortly go through the results found by Cooper. Dividing these forms by gender it turned out that men visit these sites in average 6 times more than women. So from all 86 % were men and 14 % were women. Seems that the same results are concerning purchasing of erotic and pornographic magazines. To men this matter seems very current.
Average age of men is 34, fro women 32 years old. This seems very normal, taking into account that this in sexual age is so called “scissor” period. Men are having crisis, where they need new fantasies, but women in their turn have their sexuality increasing. Dividing by sexual orientation, 86 % considered themselves heterosexual, 6,7 % homosexual and 6,7 % – bi-sexual. From all questioned 5 % said they are of opposite gender, from them even those who are heterosexual.
From this aspect interesting seems visiting of “sex portals” which are meant for gays. They are visited also by heterosexual people as a reason mentioning interest and wish to clarify their sexual preference.
61 % (more than a half) are hiding their true age or look on the internet. They’re changing themselves into imagined character – into somebody they actually would like to be.
“Sex portals” are visited by differently educated people; mostly they were good educated, well off people. 24 % of them are computer specialists.
Dividing in marital status, 64 % were “family” people (47 % were married, 17 % in serious relationship). 36 % were without other half, though half of them were having regular sexual relationships. That proves that “sex sites” are not visited only by sexually concerned and lonely people, but also by ones who are sexually satisfied.
From all questioned 79 % are having virtual sex, although 64 % are having sexual relationships in true life. “Virtual sex” at work has had 6 %, but 12 % has admitted that they do that at home as well as at work.
Difference in between women and men is not only in number but also in what have they wanted to get from the site. Men are basically interested in visual erotic and pornography (it was watched by 50 % of men and 23 % of women). But women’s main interest was in chat – possibilities to meet somebody and discussion of topics related to sex.
Most part of the questioned said that they use internet for entertainment and sexual fantasies. Only 8 % said that they spend more than 11 hours a week on visiting “sex portals”. More than 11 hours a week at these portals spend lonely people with no other half.
87 % are not ashamed of what they are doing on internet though ¾ of questioned are hiding that from others.
As it seems from Cooper’s study, sex on the internet is not too different from actual sex life. It has same interests and tendencies. Though have to say that it’s one of the safest types of sex regarding possibilities to get infected with HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases.
“Virtual sex” has many advantages – getting new sexual fantasies; possibility to satisfy yourself without looking for new sexual partner, ect.. Especially for lonely people who have problems to meet new people, physically challenged people (handicapped people), “virtual sex” can be only possibility.
There are many opinions and views about “virtual sex”, but it definitely has it’s pluses and minuses. Everyone can choose whatever they find right.
Now in year 2005th these numbers had grown many times!