Texas Tech University

How Digital Infidelity Can Ruin A Marriage


August 14, 2017

Fatherly - Chris* knew it was over when she saw it. He'd gone to the bathroom, leaving his computer screen open. Normally, he wouldn't have been so careless, but it was nearly midnight and his girlfriend was in bed. Or so he thought. As he returned, he saw her, up to get a drink, staring blankly at what was on his screen. It wasn't a webcam or some explicit material, but a Facebook DM from a woman he used to work with named Nancy. And the chat window contained nearly four months of casual late night flirtation, inside jokes, and, recently, the mention of two after work rendezvous.

Sex and family therapist Jaclyn Cravens Pickens who is also Director of Texas Tech University Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies Program Director has studied the relationship between infidelity and social media for almost a decade shared her findings in such papers as Facebook Infidelity: When Poking Becomes Problematic and Fooling Around on Facebook: The Perception of Infidelity Behavior in Social Networking Sites. She says that Facebook and other social media platforms abet cheating by offering a false view into people's lives.

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