Internet Infidelity: When a Poke Is More Than a Poke

Psychology Today - A web site exists (www.FacebookCheating.com) for men and women who have experienced Internet infidelity and who wish to anonymously share their stories—to help others avoid such pain, or simply to vent. Researchers from the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Texas Tech University took it upon themselves to analyze a series of such stories (Contemporary Family Therapy, 2013, vol. 35, pages 74-90). One thing they were looking for was some consensus within these stories about what were the “warning signs” that something might be amiss in a relationship, and which has to do with social media.

The Internet age has transformed human communication. Today few of us, myself included, would feel comfortable being “off the grid” for any significant period of time. And speaking or myself, I’ve experienced a wave of anxiety more than once when I realized that I’d left my cell phone at home.

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A web site exists (www.FacebookCheating.com) for men and women who have experienced Internet infidelity and who wish to anonymously share their stories—to help others avoid such pain, or simply to vent. Researchers from the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Texas Tech University took it upon themselves to analyze a series of such stories (Contemporary Family Therapy, 2013, vol. 35, pages 74-90). One thing they were looking for was some consensus within these stories about what were the “warning signs” that something might be amiss in a relationship, and which has to do with social media.

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