The last decade has seen an increase in the amount of research which has investigated the different and emerging forms of internet infidelity and the effects these activities have on relationships and families. This section provides an overview of the published research in this field, together with a short summary of the findings. Click on each sub-heading for more information.
Literature reviews on internet infidelity research
Literature reviews are useful as they systematically combine and evaluate the research in a certain field. This provides the reader with a quick overview of the current state of research in the area. In the field of internet infidelity and online affairs two literature reviews have been published so far:
Hertlein, K. M. & Piercy, F. P. (2006). Internet infidelity: A critical review of the literature. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families 14(4), 366-371.
- Hertlein and Piercy’s review provides a systematic and critical review of research studies published before 2006, when internet infidelity was still an emerging topic.
Vossler, A. (2016). Internet Infidelity 10 Years On: A critical review of the literature. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 24(4), 359-366.
- This second review focuses on research studies published between 2006 and 2016. The aim was to present the state of knowledge in the field ten years after Hertlein and Piercy’s review.
Page authored by Dr Andreas Vossler (The Open University)