The 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…)
An 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…)
In 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…)
Social 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…)
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…)
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…)
It’s the era of online cheating. Instant messages fly without pens or stamps, and with the ease of illicit communication some individuals are suspicious that their partner is romancing someone else online. It’s not difficult for individuals to create multiple Facebook, e-mail and other online accounts, with accompanying fictional identities. (more…)
“Emotional affair” may sound harmless, but it’s actually a precarious situation. Men and women can certainly be friends, but it’s important to know where to draw the line. Without clear demarcation it’s all too easy to slide from friendship to an emotional and sexual affair. (more…)
Social networking sites like Facebook make it easy for users to make plans, spread the word about a social gathering, catch up with an old acquaintance or even find a plumber or cooking tip. However, when it comes to infidelity, social media might be making connections too easy.
Some may not categorize behaviors like sexting, in which a suggestive text or nude photo is sent over a mobile device, as a traditional form of cheating. Flirting over Twitter is not the same as having contact. But a spouse may not agree. (more…)
According to Reuters, there are more than 54 million single people in the U.S. today, and more than 41 million of them have tried online dating. Twenty percent of current committed relationships began online, and the number appears to be growing. It’s no secret that social media is the matchmaker of the future. This strange new world brings with it all sorts of invisible hazards: Are the people you chat with online who they say they are? How at risk are you if you’ve ever sent sexy photos at someone’s request? When you start seeing someone new, when is the appropriate time to turn off your dating profile? Dating rules appear to be different in the digital age, and some folks appear to be taking advantage of the temporary ambiguities. (more…)