This Valentine’s Day, Elements Behavioral Health and It’s Cheating are drawing attention to the influence of the Internet in changing expectations and social mores surrounding sex, love and relationships.
Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) February 14, 2013 – The Internet has changed the way we live – in some ways for the better and in some ways for the worse. In a recently released video “Did the Internet Kill Cupid?” Elements and It’s Cheating explore the ways the Internet has changed the way people meet prospective partners, define relationships and even the way they cheat.
“Adultery websites, virtual chats, smartphone apps and other online media provide a level of connectivity that was incomprehensible as little as a decade ago,” said Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, renowned author, speaker and founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute, and the expert behind It’s Cheating. “Millions of people have been brought closer because of the Internet, but unfortunately for people with emotional trauma, attachment disorders or addictive or compulsive patterns the Internet has also granted access to a variety of highly gratifying, potentially addictive sexual content and experiences.”
The effects of the Internet on relationships are just beginning to materialize. Younger generations are viewing porn, arranging casual hook-ups through dating websites and smartphone apps, and having virtual sex earlier than generations past. The average age when children are first exposed to pornography is 11, according to Family Safe Media.
Studies suggest that this early exposure has caused a number of problems for teens and young adults, including sexual dysfunction and loss of interest in real-life partners. Much like drugs of abuse, online porn, virtual sex and other online media can become a way for the addiction-prone to cope with difficult emotions, often with serious health, interpersonal, professional and legal consequences.
In an effort to educate people about sex and intimacy in the digital age, Mr. Weiss has published Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn and Fantasy Obsession in the Internet Age and co-authored Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Sex, Intimacy and Relationships, which is due to be released this summer. For those who struggle with sex, love or relationship addictions, treatment can help restore healthy coping mechanisms and genuine intimacy.
About Robert Weiss
Robert Weiss is the founder of The Sexual Recovery Institute and Director of Sexual Disorders Services for Elements Behavioral Health, and has developed both The Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at The Ranch in Tennessee and the Stimulant and Sexual Disorders Program at Promises Malibu. A media expert to CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, ESPN, Time Magazine and the Today Show, among others, Mr. Weiss also has provided clinical training and program development for the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. military, and behavioral treatment centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
About It’s Cheating
It’s Cheating is an online forum for people to discuss the changing face of infidelity and related issues in a digitally connected world. It’s Cheating is a website of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that includes The Ranch, The Recovery Place, the Sexual Recovery Institute, Spirit Lodge and Right Step. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the client but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit elementsbh4.wpengine.com.