"Infidelity is simply defined as the breaking of trust and the keeping of secrets in an intimate partnership." -Rob Weiss, MSW

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Online Affairs Are Emotional Affairs

Online Affairs Are Emotional AffairsMany social network users may consider online flirting and chatting to be innocent, but some experts say that online flings can be just as damaging as a sexual dalliance. Just as with affairs conducted in person, online cheating can be a slippery slope.

In an article appearing in CBS Houston, psychotherapist Dr. Mary Jo Rapini argues that online cheating fits into the category known as an emotional affair. While some experts have distinguished online cheating from emotional cheating, Dr. Rapini says that it shares the same characteristics. (more…)

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Online Cheating: A Slippery Slope

 Online Cheating: A Slippery SlopeThe Internet has become a convenient and popular way to connect with others. Whether communicating through social media or connecting in a comment thread, online conversations are, in some ways, replacing face-to-face communication. Likewise, the use of cell phones has expanded to frequent texting, now widely used to have a conversation.

An article posted in ACPI CAIT asks the question: when does connecting online with another person become cheating? Even if there is not physical contact, is it cheating to send someone a flirty text message? What about having a private joke with someone on social media? (more…)

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Preventing Cyber Cheating

Preventing Cyber CheatingThe Internet has changed how we shop, plan vacations and converse. There is convenience experienced at every turn, with a full library of information accessible from mobile devices. Connecting with friends is easier than it’s ever been, as long as “connecting” is defined as exchanging text messages and viewing Snapchat.

The Internet is also changing how individuals get into extra-marital relationships. In a new realm in which cheating is possible without ever making physical contact, many cyber-cheaters are wrecking a marriage for the excitement of a flirtatious text string. (more…)

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The Cheater’s Voice

The Cheater's VoiceTelephones are used for everything from looking up a full library’s worth of information to hearing turn-by-turn directions to a new friend’s house. Text messaging allows for non-stop access to conversations and the convenient sharing of photos.

Telephones can also be used for not-so-innocent activities, such as bullying a classmate or sending nude or near-nude photos to a friend. They can also provide an easy to way to keep in touch with an extra-marital affair when a spouse is not within earshot. (more…)

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What Type of Cheating Is Worse? Men, Women Disagree

What Type of Cheating Is Worse? Men, Women DisagreeThe widespread use of mobile devices and laptop computers, along with the popularity of social networking for forming new connections, have led to new opportunities for social relationships. Individuals can find high school sweethearts and start up a conversation within minutes, whereas a decade ago such a connection may have required a lengthy search or attendance at a reunion. (more…)

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Rebuilding a Relationship After an Affair

Rebuilding a Relationship After an AffairAn affair can tear a committed relationship apart. The betrayal can lead the wronged spouse to spend time mentally going over every event in the past, wondering how the affair works into the life they thought they were living. Even if the partners are able to reconcile, they may have to work hard to rebuild trust.

Deciding whether to leave the relationship or to work it out is a choice every couple must muddle through. The difficulties inherent in both breaking up or sticking it out leave the couple with a murky set of pros and cons. (more…)

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Emotional Affairs Threaten Marriage

Emotional Affairs Threaten MarriageIn recent decades, there has been the birth of the “cyber affair,” the connection that occurs when a person engages in an intimate relationship over the internet or a mobile device. This may be conducted through social media, email, texting and phone calls, but it is generally defined by a lack of face-to-face contact. (more…)

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Secret Social Media Accounts Offer Easy Venues for Illicit Relationships

Secret Social Media Accounts Offer Easy Venues for Illicit RelationshipsSocial media has made communication easier and faster than ever, but it’s also led to more relationship troubles. A survey reveals that one-third of cheaters have used secret social media accounts for illicit relationships.

Of those surveyed, 67 percent used a fake Facebook account to carry on their affair. Half of the group used a fake e-mail or Twitter account.

For people who are at risk of sex addiction or infidelity, social media has become a huge temptation. Hiding behind a computer screen, they feel that their relationship is secret to everyone but themselves and their lover. This false secrecy has put their current relationship in jeopardy and placed them in a fictitious world where they can escape all things undesirable. Through rehabilitation professionals, people who are addicted to this relationship-damaging behavior can find some help. (more…)

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Study Connects Twitter Use to Infidelity, Divorce

Study Connects Twitter Use to Infidelity, Divorce  A new study from the University of Missouri has found that Twitter users are more likely to experience Twitter-related conflict in their romantic relationships, and this conflict is more likely to lead to unfaithful behavior, break-ups and divorce.

Russell Clayton, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, conducted the study. Clayton surveyed 581 Twitter users between the ages of 18 and 67. The survey included various questions to help the research team determine how active each participant was on Twitter – such as how often they signed on to the site, how frequently they tweeted, how much time they spent scrolling through their Twitter feed and how often they sent messages to other users. (more…)

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Emotional Cheating: When a Friendship Becomes Something More

Emotional Cheating: When a Friendship Becomes Something More Emotional cheating is a widely debated topic. Many feel that since it is platonic and does not involve physical cheating that it doesn’t count as breaking the vows of marriage. However, others believe that when you are seeking emotional support and connection with someone other than your spouse it’s just as detrimental to a marriage as a sexual relationship. If someone is on the fence about whether or not they are cheating on the spouse, here are some questions they should ask themselves. (more…)

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