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Both Freeny and Manning worry that the cheap, easy accessibility of Internet porn, combined with the interactivity of the Internet, may lead to sexual addiction. As with other addictions, the behavior creates a heavy load of shame and denial, decreases the capacity for intimacy, and increases emotional disengagement or volatility with a partner.
OSA is already a booming business, and whether it reflects or exacerbates a culture that's already far too sexualized, it's not going away anytime soon. In fact, says Freeny, OSA is only going to become more intense. More sophisticated webcams and video feeds will bring the perfect sex partner into your home more easily, he says, and the technology to use robotic hands, manipulated by a sexual partner thousands of miles away, will be widely available in just a few years. This will provide a faux intimacy that's as biologically intense and much safer physically and emotionally in certain ways than having sex with someone in person.
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