The Future of Cyber-Sex and Relationship Fidelity: Rapid Growth of Technology by Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.
The combination of the telephone and the Internet will provide more uses and conveniences than imagined just ten years ago. The telephone is likely to be the pivotal technology, so that people will have personal numbers that can be taken with them as they transfer from job to job, and home to home. It is already possible to use the telephone for receiving email messages and surfing the net. Mobile phone carriers now allow you to pick a variety of news, sports, weather, and stock market reports several times a day. Telephones and Internet services are merging, bringing increased opportunities for virtual lovers to be in email or voicemail contact through telephones. Email messages are less intrusive than telephone calls or answering machines. They can be read at the recipient's convenience, even in an open area with people nearby. With an increase in the number of people who check cell phones for messages while waiting for other events to occur, several messages from a virtual lover can be received and reciprocated in the course of a normal business day, perhaps even during a business meeting. Just as people check their watches, they can check their email via pager or cell phone during a conversational lull. The emergence of the wireless Web will make contact with virtual lovers or cyber-sex material possible anytime, anywhere. For purposes of this article, cybersex is defined as occurring when computerized content is used for sexual stimulation. It involves two or more people exciting one another sexually through text, sounds, or images obtained from software or the Internet. Many companies are installing transmitters in airports, business areas, and stores, which will offer high-speed Internet access within a certain range. A laptop computer will only need a transmission card to connect, and a monthly fee will be paid by subscribers. Gas stations may soon...
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