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But just as the net has transformed from a passive one-way street into an interactive 'Web 2. The web has become a place through which to contact, meet and have sex with real people, to fulfil the wildest fantasy in the flesh.
Cybersex is no longer about merely looking; it is about doing. What no one can yet understand is how this will change the social etiquettes of the past, or how fundamentally it is shifting the dynamics of sex and relationships.
Some sites are quite explicit about their offerings. AdultFriendFinder claims to be the world's biggest adult social network and sex personals site. Its homepage proclaims, 'Meet real sex partners tonight! Below there are a series of photos and videos of women with names like 'sexygirl', 'freakychick', 'angelfirelady' and 'sugarbabe'. The site claims to have more than 2.
Just log in and you could meet your match. Other sites quite evidently do as they promise, such as Hookuparea. And when a marriage is under strain, spouses no longer have to go very far out of their way to cheat. Illicit Encounters asks on its homepage: In need of some excitement? A discreet and confidential extra-marital dating service for women and men Whatever your reason, we can help.
You may be locked in a loveless marriage, starved of attention and affection, partner away or too tired to pay you the attention you deserve, nonexistent love life? Or just looking for some excitement in your life? But you don't want to end your marriage either. Here you can meet people just like you, in absolute confidence. Peter Lines, 43, from West Yorkshire, met his current partner through the site when he decided that his marriage was loveless and beyond salvation.
He did not want to ruin his children's lives so continues to live with his wife in an entirely platonic relationship. He says his current partner was in an identical predicament.
Lines has since become a co-owner of Illicit Encounters, which launched in October and now has , members, mostly in the UK. Sixty-five per cent of them are male, and 35 per cent female, a smaller disparity than most dating sites. Applicants are required to answer up to 50 questions and fill in a profile. Of around applications received every day, on average are rejected for reasons such as age people under 25 are discouraged or personality self-evident sex maniacs are not welcome. Lines says that the site is made up of very ordinary people like you and me.
There are no raging tarts or slobbering lotharios. The membership are primarily people trapped in a marriage and they can't get out for all sorts of reasons. We did a survey and 71 per cent of people said that if they weren't having an affair they'd be getting a divorce. The internet has made it possible in ways that would have been unthinkable 15 years ago.
They wouldn't go to a bar or another public place to chat to people for many reasons, some of them obvious. The site provides a guide on how to conduct an illicit affair, with advice tips including using a separate SIM card in their mobile phone, paying with cash instead of credit cards and never giving their surname, exact location or workplace.
But he denies the site is providing an immoral cheats' charter. We make it very clear on every page that you've got to think hard about this; it's not a substitute for working on your marriage; only do it if your marriage cannot be saved and there's no way back. Not for the first time, homosexuals have been at the cutting edge of sexual and social trends. Gaydar, the networking site for gay men - tagline 'What you want, when you want it' - has arguably done more than any other site to make casual sex an integral part of the web.
Founded in by Gary Frisch and his partner Henry Badenhorst in a tiny office in south-west London, it soon became the online equivalent of the gay bar, a safe place to meet, talk and, of course, 'get laid'.
Gaydar is now one of the biggest dating sites on the web with millions of members around the world. Gaydar is sex shopping writ large, with every specific taste catered for. A user's profile has a basic checklist: Anyone who fails to. Those who do can turn up in a new city anywhere in the world, advertise their availability and be having sex an hour later. This is perhaps the most spectacular illustration of how the internet has changed everyday behaviour.
Gays bars and clubs are said to have suffered a downturn because men are sitting at computers instead; an article in the Economist magazine attributed a slump at Manchester's Canal Street gay quarter directly to Gaydar. Cottaging in toilets or bushes, in places such as Hampstead Heath, has reportedly declined or even vanished because sex is so readily available via broadband. The author and Gaydar user Mark Simpson once observed: The process even formed the subject of a one-man show, Sex Addict, which caused controversy in when author Tim Fountain invited Edinburgh Festival audiences to watch him trawl Gaydar each night to arrange a sexual encounter, then report back the following day.
Fountain has since admitted that the site can become addictive, a confusion of ends and means. You can very quickly think, "Oh, I'll just log on and check my messages," and four hours later you find yourself weeing on someone's pillow in Willesden Green wondering, "What the hell am I doing here?
I was meant to being doing something else. They are just sitting talking down a line, ordering what they want, when they want it. That can be a very narrow thing. For all its popularity, Gaydar can be regarded as a niche.
Not so Craigslist or its rival, Gumtree, which published research last year showing that one in 10 British adults between the ages of 25 and 40 had gone online for casual sex. Nor, indeed, the darlings of the web, social networking sites such as Facebook. This runs the gamut, bringing together business contacts, old school and university friends and former lovers. At one end of the spectrum, a site which invites members to 'poke' each other and features countless photos of drunken revelry inevitably features casual sex too....