Public sex is a term to describe sex in a public environment. The term is increasingly used to describe an act just outside a private residence regardless of whether it be strictly public (e.g. a toilet cubicle). It is common although not predominate in, or limited to, gay culture. For example, prior to the development of the Internet, many gay men met in public settings (bathhouses, parks, beats, and other cruising areas) in order to have sex. The rise of the Internet allowed men to connect virtually and meet in a private setting, resulting in a decline of the public sex subculture within the gay community.