11. Internet Infidelity: A Real Problem

  1. Kimberly S. Young and
  2. Cristiano Nabuco de Abreu
  1. Monica T. Whitty

Published Online: 9 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118013991.ch11

Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment

Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment

How to Cite

Whitty, M. T. (2007) Internet Infidelity: A Real Problem, in Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment (eds K. S. Young and C. N. de Abreu), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118013991.ch11

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 OCT 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470551165

Online ISBN: 9781118013991

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Keywords:

  • internet infidelity;
  • cyber-affairs;
  • online affairs;
  • online intimacy;
  • infidelity

Summary

This chapter examines the unique features of Internet infidelity and how these features have altered as the Internet has evolved. It first considers how intimacy is established online and the unique aspects of an online affair. It then considers the sexual and emotional components of infidelity and attempts a generic definition for Internet infidelity. Different forms of online infidelity are highlighted, including the use of infidelity dating sites and social networking sites. It also questions whether all online activities that mimic offline infidelities ought to be considered unfaithful. It may well be that some activities are simply play rather than belonging to the realm of reality. This chapter also highlights that digital technologies can be utilized to establish an offline affair and looks at how these technologies can aid in maintaining offline affairs. Finally, a treatment rationale is posited, looking at what we know so far about Internet infidelity as well as what we might learn from research on more traditional offline infidelities.