Using the Internet to find offline sex partners

Cyberpsychol Behav. 2007 Feb;10(1):100-7. doi: 10.1089/cpb.2006.9986.


We aimed to expand upon the demographic characteristics and gender differences among those who have met someone on the Internet who they later met offline and had sex with as well as any relationship with cybersex, sexually transmitted infections, and online sexual problems. We analyzed data collected through an online questionnaire in 2002 in Sweden including a total population of 1836 respondents of which 1458 used the Internet for sexual purposes. Of those, 35% men and 40% women reported to have met offline sex partners online. The majority reported an occurrence of one to two times, whereas 10% reported six or more times. The analysis suggested women aged 34-49 and 50-65 years, homo- and bisexual men, and singles more likely to have this experience. They were also more likely to have engaged in cybersex. No relationships were found with sexually transmitted infections or online sexual problems. The results suggest that using the Internet to find sex partners may be less hazardous for the general Internet users than pointed out by prior research about this behavior often focusing on specific sub groups of Internet users.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Heterosexuality / statistics & numerical data
  • Homosexuality / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data*
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Partners*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sweden / epidemiology