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New survey reveals a startling investigation of adult activity on the Internet.

EMERYVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 1995--Ziff-Davis Press announced the February 1995 release of the book, net.sex featuring the myth-shattering results of the first comprehensive methodologically sound sexual knowledge test completed by Internet users.

Using The Kinsey Institute/Roper Organization National Sex Knowledge Test, a random sampling of general Internet users were surveyed in addition to Internet users who have posted in the most popular adult-oriented Usenet newsgroups, including the highly trafficked alt.sex.

This comprehensive examination, performed entirely online, reveals that Internet users passed the test, scoring on average a grade of "C," two full grade points higher than the failing "F" grade received by the "offline" population polled by The Kinsey Institute.

Written by Nancy Tamosaitis, co-author of the bestselling Joy of Cybersex and the recently released net.talk from Ziff-Davis Press, net.sex features contributions from noted researcher, Tony Dubitsky, Ph.D. Dubitsky stated, "The Internet gets a lot of heat from the media about the easy, uncensored availability of erotica. However, I wondered if exposure to so much information made the Internet population smarter about sex. To find out, we sent thousands of Internet denizens The Kinsey Institute's Sex Knowledge Survey and we were pleased to learn the Internet population passed with flying colors."

Dr. June M. Reinisch, Ph.D., director emeritus of The Kinsey Institute, a leading researcher and educator in human sexuality and sexual and psychosexual development and author of St. Martin's Press' The Kinsey Institute New Report on Sex, stated, "The results of the digital survey will be of particular interest to the sociological, psychological and computing communities as this survey marks the first time the Kinsey Institute Sexual Knowledge Test has been disseminated on the Internet."

"net.sex allows you to ride shotgun as I travel through erotically and socially driven wired terrains," stated Tamosaitis. "Even most die-hard Net enthusiasts tend to only frequent their favored areas, wearing digital blinders, unaware and unconcerned about 95 percent of what else is available. I sought to peel away as many of the Net's layers as possible in an effort to get at the naked truth of what constitutes `sex' on the Net. What I found was a substantial love onion; no matter how many layers of lustiness I peeled away, there was always another layer, fresh and original, just below the surface."

Nancy Tamosaitis is a leading commentator on electronic communications and a frequent guest on TV talk shows. She is the co-author of the bestselling The Joy of Cybersex and the author of net.talk, published in December 1994 by Ziff-Davis Press. She is ComputerLife's "CyberNaut" columnist and can be reached online at computerlife@delphi.com, nancyt7043@aol.com, and about 100 other online addresses. She lives in New York City.

Ziff-Davis Press is a part of Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., which publishes PC Magazine, PC/Computing, PC Week, Computer Life, Computer Shopper, Windows Sources, Computer Gaming World, Family PC, InteractiveWeek, MacUser, and MacWEEK.

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