Indeed, people consider cybersex to have a high degree of psychological reality—but many do not consider it to be consider it to be infidelity.
Many of them believe cybersex to be similar to pornography—an extension of fantasy that actually helps to keep them from physical affairs with other people. But I'm sure she'd get upset if we were to meet for a drink or something." to cheat—something that may even add spice to their offline relationship.
Consciously or not, people consider their online sexual relationships as real—they experience psychological states similar to those typically elicited by offline relationships.
Accordingly, cybersex is about sex, but a form of sexual encounter which involves experiences typical of other such encounters, including sexual arousal, masturbation, orgasm, and satisfaction.
In this regard, the following aspects are particularly significant: All of these worries are genuine and can be found in many online relationships.
One way of reducing the weight of these difficulties is to distance the online affair from offline circumstances—for example, by refraining from exchanging actual personal details or by imposing other limitations on the online affair.
In his stimulating paper, "Chatting Is Not Cheating," John Portmann defends online lust and characterizes about sex; he maintains that such talking is more similar to flirting than to having a sexual affair.
In reality, though, the issue of online cheating is more complex—especially when it concerns sexual activities involving actual interaction with other individuals.
In such situations, cybersex may even be advisable—but still be regarded as cheating.
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.
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