A significant amount of this research has looked at the ways in which people use text based CMC to chat with each other in real time on the Internet and on socially oriented online services such as America Online (AOL) and Compu Serve.In these studies, researchers have found that text based virtual environments (chat rooms, IRC chat channels, and MUDs) are places where users can experiment with identity and gender (re)construction (Reid 1991, 1994; Turkle 1995), form new friendships (Baym, 1996), and join together with other users in the building of virtual communities (Rheingold 1991, 1995; Lichty 1994).I’ve heard Al Gore took credit for it, but I’d sooner believe it was Larry Flynt.Sex and the Internet are marching hand-in-hairy-hand into the new Millennium.There are a number of popular, commercial webcam websites that allow people to openly masturbate on camera while others watch them.
In one form, this fantasy sex is accomplished by the participants describing their actions and responding to their chat partners in a mostly written form designed to stimulate their own sexual feelings and fantasies.
Cybersex can occur either within the context of existing or intimate relationships, e.g.
among lovers who are geographically separated, or among individuals who have no prior knowledge of one another and meet in virtual spaces or cyberspaces and may even remain anonymous to one another.
Abstract: Text based computer mediated communication (CMC) has recently been the focus of many ethnographic studies by social scientists.
In my own research of cybersex, I followed the lead of these researchers and utilised ethnographic methods but encountered several significant difficulties.