This investigation attempts to explain the variants of Cybersexual addiction using established psychological and management information systems theories. Results are discussed in terms of individual, familial, and occupational well being.
|Keywords:||Cybersex, Sexual addiction, Male sexual anxiety, Masculinity, Flow theory, Experiential|
Andreas G. Philaretou, Ph.D., PMCMFT, CFLE, author and lecturer, is currently an assistant professor of Family Studies in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) at Western Michigan University (WMU). He has received his BS and MS in Sociology, and his Ph.D. in Human Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). In addition, he earned a Post-Master's Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy (PMCMFT) and has recently been certified as a Family Life Educator (CFLE).
Dr Philaretou has taught various social psychology courses throughout his academic career but for the past 2 years, he has been teaching undergraduate human sexuality courses as well as graduate seminars on selected topics in human sexuality. His specific research and teaching interests revolve around the study of topics of social psychological significance, male gender and psychosexual well being, sexualized environments, atypical sexual variations, and international sex trafficking networks all examined within the historical, social, and cultural ecosystemic frameworks.
Dr Philaretou is the author of a recently published book by the University Press of America. His research appears in various journals, such as the Journal of Men's Studies, the International Journal of Men's Health, and Sexuality and Culture. He has also presented at numerous conferences, at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), the American Men's Studies Association (AMSA), the Hawaiian International Conference on Social Sciences, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), and the Southern Council on Family Relations (SCFR). In addition, he is a member of NCFR, the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), SSSS, and the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH).
Ahmed Y. Mahfouz is an assistant professor of management information systems at Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas. He has a Ph.D. in Information and Operations Management (Management Information Systems track) from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. He has an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Management Science and Information Technology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. His research interests include human-computer interaction (online consumer behavior and web site design), IT strategy, and interdisciplinary IS research and education. Dr Mahfouz' research appears in books, journals, and conference proceedings, such as the Journal of Internet Commerce, America's Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), the Conference of the Southern Association for Information Systems (SAIS), and the Global Information Technology Management (GITM) World Conference. He has also taught at Texas A&M University for three years as an instructor. He is also a recipient of Texas A&M Regents' Graduate Fellowship. He is a member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and IEEE Computer Society.
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