According to PsychCentral.com, the web is now the number one source for sex partners.
That’s kind of scary, isn’t it?
What’s even scarier is that there are sites designed to help married men and women cheat.
I think cheating is when you share information, feelings, or thoughts with someone else that you should be sharing with your significant other. Maybe that’s too stringent for a lot of people, but I’m kind of rigid when it comes to fidelity and loyalty.
Experts blame the anonymity of the internet. It’s evidently easier to share information on the internet than it is in person. Well, I can certainly agree with that. On the web, you’re kind of a virtual reality personality.
As a single person who has had her share of hilarious online dating adventures, I can tell you that I prefer it to the bar/party scene. I don’t drink, first of all, and secondly, I’m not the prowling type. Plus, I can’t dance, so I might as well have a sign around my neck reading: Looking for love in all the wrong places.
I can understand how someone can innocently start a friendship on the web and it leading to something deeper. It’s kind of like having a “work wife”, when you share with a co-worker what should be shared with your wife. (It works the other way, too. You can have a work-husband.)
As far as the web goes, I totally agree with the advice given to committed couples:
- Give each other your username and password.
- Let the other person have total access to the computer.
and I’d add one more:
- Pretend that someone is always looking over your shoulder.
So, how about you? What do you think of my definition of cheating? Do you think the web offers opportunities for people who wouldn’t ordinarily “cheat”?