Smith in an article for the American Psychological Association, "Are Internet Affairs Different?
" The freedom to fantasize, without the intrusion of reality — as well as the anonymity afforded by the Internet — also can be alluring.
where two people are getting their needs met outside of their marriage or relationship."Such an affair may involve virtual sex, yes — but not necessarily.
An emotional betrayal can be even more damaging to a marriage than a physical one, said marriage counselor M.
"That connection is a much greater rejection to the spouse, and it's a much harder thing to heal in a relationship because the emotions have left the marriage and gone into the hands of someone else."Rosenberg concurred.
"If two individuals have a satisfying relationship and periodically the man or the woman uses the computer to satisfy a sexual need ... "But when your sex life with your partner is being compromised because someone seeks their fantasies with the computer instead of with the spouse, and there is now a replacement, that's a threat to the relationship."Making online affairs more attractive is the fact that they involve much less work and expense — you can "meet" anywhere, including your own home (which is in itself another type of betrayal), notes Brendan L.
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