This is part of the larger Online Affairs website which provides free articles for members of the public impacted by internet infidelity, as well as therapists working with those who have experienced, or are experiencing, online affairs.
Working in collaboration with The Open University, Tavistock Relationships presents a number of short articles on the subject of online affairs. Here we answer questions as to what consitutes an online affair and also suggest possible solutions to help if yourself in such a situation. It is broken down into the following questions:
Research suggests most Facebook users have previous romantic or sexual partners as friends on the site. However, research also suggests that messaging or ‘friending’ an ex-partner on Facebook is defined by some people as cheating – but is it?
Whether Facebook friends are perceived as a threat to the relationship or not very much depends on the context and nature of these contacts.
Technology allows us to interact sexually with people online. Although this may seem different to in 'real life', there is reason to think that doing so carries similar emotional weight.
Even though porn's use is increasingly acceptable in Western cultures, studies have shown that using it is linked to lower sexual satisfaction, lower levels of attraction towards a partner and also cheating.
Defining what’s cheating and what isn’t, even offline, is a difficult task; it has different meanings depending on who you ask.
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