The second in a series of topics on the internet and intimacy.
I was asked a question recently that got my brain to churning.
Q: Why is it, on internet forums, when someone is intrigued by another poster, it right away goes into sex-mode?
My provincial, half-baked theory:
Here in the U.S., intensity of feeling has become associated almost strictly with romantic pairings. Straight guys are not allowed to have intense feelings for other guys. Married people are not allowed to have intense feelings toward members of the opposite sex -- instead, that interest is expected to be focused solely on the married partner.
So, what is UP with all the sex talk on these forum? Is this the only way we know how to express affection?