Women have become so addicted to their virtual reality that a staggering 57 per cent say they would rather give up sex than stop using the internet for a fortnight.
The findings, taken from Cosmopolitan magazine’s Sex and Social Media survey reveals that women are spending so long online chatting to friends or flirting in chatrooms their real relationships are suffering.
The study saw 1,020 women questioned about the impact internet and social media sites are having on their sex lives.
Online addiction: Women would rather give up sex than stop using the internet for a fortnight, a study has revealed
The survey also revealed that a bad mannered two per cent of women have broken off from having sex with their partner to tweet or to check Facebook (stand up, Melanie Sykes, who famously tweeted while in flagrante delictus with her toyboy).
Others are using technology to their advantage, however, with almost two thirds of respondents saying they had sent sexy photographs to their partners or engaged in ‘sexting’.
But what technology gives with one hand, it takes away with the other – and it seemingly has a lot to answer for when it comes to infidelity.
Sexting: Two thirds of the 1,020 women surveyed confessed to having sent their partners saucy text messages or photographs
Over 40 per cent of those questions admitted they had used Facebook, Twitter or internet chat rooms to flirt with someone other than their boyfriend or husband, and of these, over one in six said they went on to cheat.
‘From cyber-stalking exes, accidentally sexting bosses, or catching cheating men online, sex in the digital age has never been so complicated’
As reported recently in the news, getting over heartbreak is now virtually impossible thanks to the ease with which we can stalk former loves online. More than two thirds of women admitting to Facebook-stalking an ex (is that all?) while almost a third have contacted an ex on Facebook or Twitter with a view to rekindling their relationship.
A curious (or masochistic) 58 per cent have also stalked an ex’s new girlfriend online.
‘Social media is instrumental to so many young women, but our research proves it’s also creating a whole host of relationship challenges,’ said Louise Court, Editor of Cosmopolitan. ‘From cyber-stalking exes and accidentally sexting bosses, to catching cheating men online or flirting themselves, one thing is for sure, sex in the digital age has never been so complicated.’
In a related study , a US-based study suggests we have a stronger desire to look at Facebook than have sex.
Researchers at the University of Chicago wanted to see just how addicted and obsessed we are with social media (for, like, the billionth time), so for seven days monitored 250 students and asked them what they yearned for the most and lo and behold checking Facebook and Twitter came out on top over regular human being things, like socialising, nicotine addiction and DING DING DING sex.
Wilhelm Hofmann, one of the guys leading the study, told the Los Angeles Times:
“Desires for media may be comparatively harder to resist because of their high availability and also because it feels like it does not cost much to engage in these activities, even though one wants to resist.”
OK, OK so it’s definitely one of those “studies” that we can’t take that seriously and even those behind it talk about the methodology in a rather shaky “well we just chatted to the participants” kinda way.
There are all kinds of things at play here too, like what if they were 250 participants that find it hard to talk to people, flirt and generally get laid? Surely they would yearn for social media more because it’s right there? And why is “it does not cost much” a reason for social media over sex? We could pick holes in this all day, but we won’t…
However, we don’t doubt that some people have a strong and possibly unhealthy desire to check social networking sites (we’re doing it right now). The one thing we do hope is that the desire to stalk someone’s photos doesn’t REALLY overtake the desire to, like, procreate, otherwise we’ll then be facing some actual problems.