Infidelity and online dating

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People who have been cheated on by someone they are in a committed relationship with think the internet has made infidelity easier - and addictive.

My ex-husband is inherently a very shy man, but online he is able to act much more confidently and attract the attention of other women.Gary Neuman, author of "Emotional Infidelity: How to Affair-Proof Your Marriage and 10 Other Secrets to a Great Relationship" (Three Rivers Press)."And then you put a video game on or something." Oh, Jimmy. In maybe the best 9 minutes of television ever, Nicole Kidman revealed on Tuesday's "Tonight Show" that once upon a time she sorta, kinda had a thing for Jimmy Fallon. "And then you put a video game on or something." Oh, Jimmy. In maybe the best 9 minutes of television ever, Nicole Kidman revealed on Tuesday's "Tonight Show" that once upon a time she sorta, kinda had a thing for Jimmy Fallon. (Heidi Stevens)"I will have an easier time as a therapist if the couple walks in and the man or woman had random sex with a stranger than somebody who has found a best friend on the Internet and they haven't even touched," Neuman said.These gender differences are explained by the fact that males are primarily concerned with parental certainty, meaning that sexual infidelity of a partner poses more of a risk to them than emotional infidelity. Females on the other hand are primarily concerned with parental commitment and investment, therefore meaning that the risk of a partner forming a long term emotional bond with another female would pose more of a risk to them than their partner engaging in a short term sexual encounter (Buss, Larsen, Westen & Semmelroth 1992). But is what has been termed online infidelity actually unfaithful behaviour? (2010) Sex differences in jealousy: An evolutionary perspective on online infidelity, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 10, 2636-2655.

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