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Running head: WEEK 4 SCHOLARLY 1

Week 4 Scholarly Vs. Popular Media Focus on Sexuality Paper
Ashley Twyman (4233114)
October 3rd, 2011
Thomas King

WEEK 4 SCHOLARLY 2 Week 4 Scholarly Vs. Popular Media Focus on Sexuality Paper
Summary of Scholarly Article
Stone (1995) indicated that “electronic communication networks-- radio, television, computer networks-- accompany the discourse networks and social formations now coming into being” (p.20). Michael W. Ross from the University of Texas-Health Science Center at Houston takes this idea and melds it into a research question related to sexuality and the internet. His article was published in 2005 in The Journal of Sex Research. The focus of Ross' research was on the increasing salience of sexuality within modern technological realms, such as the internet. His goal was to assess where this particular mode of sexuality, that is so pervasive throughout the internet, fits within social theory.

Ross wished to gain insight into which particular social theories should be used to explore this unique sub-topic within the genre of human sexuality. He further posited the possible use of the internet as a potential method for the further exploration of topics within the realm of human sexuality. This is especially true of topics that have previously posed problems for researchers within other mediums. The internet becomes the perfect environment to explore these difficult research questions within the study of human sexuality. Lastly, Ross presents the argument that the internet has actually within itself created a new form of sexuality. He calls this new form of sexuality--”cybersexuality” (Ross, 2005).

The conclusions provided by Ross show that the internet had definitely developed its own particular niche within the study as sexuality. Not only is the internet here to stay, but it has already been shown to affect society as well as culture in a yet unknown measurable factor. Ross voices his reasons why it can be difficult to use the internet for research purposes. This is mainly WEEK 4 SCHOLARLY 3 because of the problems that occur within the areas of reliability and validity of results. He does believe that the internet does have its place within the area of social theory as well as specific topics relevant to research within the study of human sexuality. Summary of Popular Article

The presentation of Conner's article is pleasing to the eye. It is formatted in a manner that is both easy to follow as well as thorough regarding the information that is contained within the article. It also includes some humor within the article as well as personal stories and examples of some of the topics within the content of the article. The credentials of Michael Conner are outlined right under the title of the article. His credentials are listed as “Psy D” right next to his name, but no corroborating evidence for these credentials is given within the article.

Conner's article centers around the idea that many people downplay the importance as well as the impact of their behavior when it comes to cybersex, because it is not “real sex.” He discusses new emerging trends within the field of counseling in relation to the study of cybersex and its addictive qualities. Some teens are becoming sex addicts by the age of 16 because of the availability of internet porn and sexual opportunities although they are not actually participating in intercourse (Conner, 2008). He delves into how this can lead to even deeper seeded problems later in an individual's life, perhaps requiring a lot of therapy.

Conner describes how sexual...
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