Cybersex can occur either within the context of existing or intimate relationships, e.g.
In "real cybering" personas often remain in character throughout the entire life of the contact, to include evolving into phone sex, and meatspace encounters while in character, as a form of improvisation, or, nearly, a performance art.Often these personas develop complex past histories for their characters to make the fantasy/roleplay even more life like, thus the evolution of the term "real cybering".Alternatively, it can be considered a form of sexual roleplay that allows the participants to experience unusual sexual sensations and carry out sexual experiments they cannot try in reality.Amongst "serious" roleplayers, cybering may occur as part of a larger plot–the characters involved may be lovers or spouses.Some online social games like Red Light Center are dedicated to cybersex and other adult behaviors. Cybersex may also be accomplished through the use of avatars in a multiuser software environment. In Tiny MUD variants, particularly MUCKs, the term Tiny Sex (TS) is very common.
the increased popularity of webcams has raised the number of online partners using two-way video connections to "expose" themselves to each other online—giving the act of cybersex a more visual aspect.
The quality of a cybersex encounter typically depends upon the participants' abilities to evoke a vivid, visceral mental picture in the minds of their partners.
Imagination and suspension of disbelief are also critically important.
Das Spektrum reicht von der reinen Betrachtung und/oder Masturbation beim Konsumieren pornografischer Bilder in sexuell anzüglichen Chats oder den Austausch erotischer E-Mails innerhalb von Fernbeziehungen bis hin zur sexuellen Stimulation mit Hilfe von Datenhelmen oder -handschuhen.
Üblicherweise wird Cybersex im Chatjargon mit „CS“ oder „C6“ abgekürzt.
In online worlds like Second Life and via webcam-focused chat services, however, Internet sex workers engage in cybersex in exchange for both virtual and real-life currency.