As one woman in a committed relationship remarks about her online sexual affairs: "I've had this discussion with my boyfriend and we both agree that as long as it's not with the same person more than twice, it is really masturbation.It's like reading an erotic story and masturbating to it.As a 29-year-old married woman who often engages in cybersex, says: When people feel trapped by their current circumstances, but still do not want to ruin their relationship, cyberspace may offer a parallel world in which things are better.Time spent in that world can help them their actual world, while not giving up on having exciting, even emotional experiences.They are also perceived to involve a lesser degree of betrayal, as they involve more imaginary elements and the degree of neglecting the partner's interests may be lesser.
It was in a gym after both attended a jogging club he says she leaned over and kissed him launching a four month affair that went as far as meetings in the Paris church's rectory and then naked online chats using Skype.
Living within the two worlds is not easy, however, and may become increasingly risky when people do not realize the limitations of each.
Whereas people having online affairs tend to understate their problematic nature, their offline partners typically do not see difference between online and offline affairs: A lack of direct physical contact and face-to-face meetings does not diminish the sense of a violation of their vow of exclusivity.
But they may be so when participants are also involved in another primary offline relationship, because of the harm imposed on those partners.
In this regard, the following aspects are particularly significant: All of these worries are genuine and can be found in many online relationships.