Online Emotional Affairs – Is Facebook Enemy #1?

Online emotional affairs are at an all time high as a new era of social media has been ushered in by networking sites like Myspace, Twitter, and especially Facebook. The entire social experience truly has been brought to the internet.

And your relationships could very well suffer for it…

One troubling sign which indicates the rise of emotional infidelity online is the fact web monitoring and cell phone spy software programs have gained popularity in recent years as a way for people to catch a cheater. To make matters worse, the advent of technology like smart phones has taken the entire social experience to completely new heights.

And why is all of this so important when it comes to emotional cheating? Read the rest of this entry

Although emotional cheating can be an extremely controversial subject, the term can broadly be defined as emotional unfaithfulness. When you start to share intimate thoughts and feelings with someone who isn’t your spouse or partner, then you begin to walk the fine line between friendship and an emotional affair. And that’s precisely the point where things become controversial.

Emotional cheatingEmotional cheating doesn’t involve physical intimacy or intercourse, so it can be much harder to define than a sexual affair. When your spouse or partner has sex with someone outside of your relationship, then the situation is pretty cut and dry. Either they had sex or they didn’t. But with an emotional affair, it can be much more difficult to draw that line and determine where “friendship” ends and an “emotional affair” begins.

Is having lunch with an opposite sex co-worker off limits? Is listening to a friend and discussing intimate details of their personal life and relationships considered cheating? Does calling or texting a co-worker outside of work violate the relationship and cross the line? These are difficult questions with difficult answers. Read the rest of this entry