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Cybersex Exposed: Simple Fantasy or Obsession? Paperback – May 1, 2001
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Rob Weiss, MSW is a graduate of Emerson College and UCLA and serves as the director of the Sexual Recovery Institute in Santa Monica, Calif.
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however, i do have a couple issues with the book.
overall, the tone is somewhat alarmist, at times bordering on the sensational (the title alone is an example), in particular, chapter 3 "cybersex out of control." the chapter is relentless in giving 'real' stories (19 in a chapter of only 20 pages), and with phrases like "read on to see how a cybersex user's inattention to his children may cost him his marriage," it sounds like a tabloid. also in this chapter is the comment "compulsive [cybersex] use can demand large sums of money for upgrades to computer equipment." this feels like a scare tactic. as a computer professional, i can't imagine someone putting more than several hundred dollars into upgrading their computer for cybersex use. even if you were to buy a brand new, fairly high end computer, it still wouldn't cost more than a couple thousand dollars. expensive, perhaps, but not the "large sums of money" the book implies.
my last issue is this. chapter 5 begins with another 'real' story that runs for about a page and a half. the next couple of pages give a few more, shorter 'real' stories. and then, just 4 pages after the first story, a section of that very same first story is presented as a different example of a 'real' story that supports the point being made, when it is, in fact, merely a repetition of the initial story. this is either sloppy editorial work, or, worse, an effort to beef up the content by making one example sound like two. by itself it doesn't seem like much, but it makes me wonder if more of these various 'real' stories come from the same source and not from a variety of sources. in short, it makes me question the integrity of the data.
singly, these examples i've given may appear minor; put together, however, they give me pause about the overall calibre of this book.
Basically, if you're scared of the internet and of sex and already agree with this book, then by all means read it, but if you're actually interested in real people and real stories, read Sherry Turkle's "Life on the Screen" or any of her essays.