“The excuses are, ‘I didn’t have sex with this person.
I didn’t go out and see anybody or catch any diseases,’” she says. 4) by Hertlein and a colleague reviewed eight studies of Internet affairs and documented many negative effects from online romances, including less interest in sex in the committed relationship and neglect of work and time with children.
The growth in steamy chat room conversations and cybersex also has triggered a rethinking of the meaning of infidelity.
If there is no physical contact or actual sex, is it still an affair?
Of course, as with any other website, you need to be careful with whom you’ll chat and take everything with a grain of salt – but that doesn’t mean you won’t have fun!“They will never win.” According to Young, people with low self-esteem, a distorted body image, an untreated sexual dysfunction or a prior sexual addiction are more at risk to develop addictions to cybersex or online pornography.Therapy can be more complicated if the cheating partner doesn’t believe his or her online activities qualify as an affair, Ducharme says.“The Internet is opening up these new ways of exploring your sexuality and that includes infidelity,” she says.Americans now spend as much time online as they do watching TV — about 13 hours a week.