The Internet has made it easy to view pornography and even have Internet affairs or "cyber-sex. The big questions are: Is cyber-sex considered cheating? Is it actually adultery and what should you do if you suspect that your spouse is having an online affair? How close is a cyber-affair to a real affair?
Cyber cheating wreaking havoc on relationships, says expert — so heed these warning signs
6 Signs of Online Cheating
With the world being what it is and being more connected by technology than ever, it's very easy to stay in touch with people and to make new connections. Social media outlets are one of the main hubs for all of this interaction. Those are not the only tools, just one of them. With these tools they give life to new and intriguing ways to piss our partners off and inspire new ways to be inconsiderate and, well, an asshole. I view cyber cheating, really, as an emotional affair with every bit the same level of ramifications of a physical affair. Sure, maybe there's no physical contact but that's not the only issue that people have with affairs. You see, when someone cheats, sure, there's a physical connection but there's also an emotional bond created by the cheater and their new toy box.
Online infidelity: Identifying, and dealing with, cyber affairs
Is sexting cheating? How is adultery defined? Adultery is often based upon moral judgments rather than factual information, independently formed through social conventions, religious teachings, family upbringing, reading books, and life experiences. Sexting becomes adultery when one person in the relationship does it without consent from a partner and without concern for how he or she will feel about it.
There is much debate as to whether an online relationship with someone outside your marriage constitutes an affair or cheating behavior. What one should focus on are the characteristics of this type of relationship that make it damaging to your marriage. With so much of our time spent online, it's no wonder these types of relationships are more and more common. There are several reasons people start such affairs: escaping from reality, enjoying a fantasy, getting a self-esteem boost, avoiding relationship distress, and others.