It's official: Women prefer Facebook to sex! Study reveals we'd rather give up bedroom antics than the quit using the internet
23:01 GMT, 11 October 2012
Women have become so addicted to their virtual reality that a staggering 57 per cent say they would rather give up sex than stop using the internet for a fortnight.
The findings, taken from Cosmopolitan magazine's Sex and Social Media survey reveals that women are spending so long online chatting to friends or flirting in chatrooms their real relationships are suffering.
The study saw 1,020 women questioned about the impact internet and social media sites are having on their sex lives.
Online addiction: Women would rather give up sex than stop using the internet for a fortnight, a study has revealed
The survey also revealed that a bad mannered two per cent of women have broken off from having sex with their partner to tweet or to check Facebook (stand up, Melanie Sykes, who famously tweeted while in flagrante delictus with her toyboy).
Others are using technology to their advantage, however, with almost two thirds of respondents saying they had sent sexy photographs to their partners or engaged in 'sexting'.
One in five were completely nude in the shot, while a more modest 54 per cent
wore their best lingerie for the picture. Proceed with caution here though: a careless 23 per cent have accidentally sent a
saucy message to a parent whilst 69 per cent have sent one to a friend.
But what technology gives with one hand, it takes away with the other – and it seemingly has a lot to answer for when it comes to infidelity.
Sexting: Two thirds of the 1,020 women surveyed confessed to having sent their partners saucy text messages or photographs
Over 40 per cent of those questions
admitted they had used Facebook, Twitter or internet chat rooms to
flirt with someone other
than their boyfriend or husband, and of these, over one in six said they
went on to cheat.
'From cyber-stalking exes,
accidentally sexting bosses, or catching cheating men online, sex in the digital age has never
been so complicated'
Girls in the North and North East are the most suspicious, with 68 per cent admitting they have spied on their partner's messages. Cyber stalking is at its most rife in the South West, where 83 per cent admit to having done it.
As reported recently in the news, getting over heartbreak is now virtually impossible thanks to the ease with which we can stalk former loves online. More than two thirds of women admitting to Facebook-stalking an ex (is that all) while almost a third have contacted an ex on Facebook or Twitter with a view to rekindling their relationship.
A curious (or masochistic) 58 per cent have also stalked an ex’s new girlfriend online.
'Social media is instrumental to so many young women, but our research proves it’s also creating a whole host of relationship challenges,' said Louise Court, Editor of Cosmopolitan. 'From cyber-stalking exes and accidentally sexting bosses, to catching cheating men online or flirting themselves, one thing is for sure, sex in the digital age has never been so complicated.'