Facebook might be one of the most popular examples. The site itself is harmless. It's when users abuse the private messaging function, and share more in their online relationships than they do with Nike Shoes Rainbow
"It's anonymous. It affordable. It accessible, and it convenient. And a person can write anything about themselves. And they have no idea if the other person is writing truth or not truth. They can omit information. They can kind of dream up whom they would like to be," Benson said.
There are also signs a person can watch for if they think their spouse it cheating, online or in the real world.
"Is there more demand for secrecy? Is there all of a sudden a change in sleeping patterns? And is there all of a sudden a withdrawal or detachment from intimacy, or are there requests for different kinds of intimacy that never really happened before? Those are some signs and symptoms that it might be happening," Benson said.
Stronghold Counseling Marriage And Family Therapist Kristiana Benson has seen the increase in her office over the past two years.
"If it feels wrong, it probably is. It's something that a person just has natural radar. Well, most people do. But a person knows. Especially if it happening in a secretive situation," Benson said.
Benson believes virtual infidelity is becoming more common because it offers everything a real world affair doesn't.
Benson says 50 percent of all couples who seek marriage counseling do so because Nike Shoes Sneakers Black And White
their spouse. No physical contact or even a face to face meeting needs to take place.
"The number of cases is increasing, of affairs happening through someone meeting up Nike Shoes Casual Low on Facebook or online chat rooms," Benson said.
In fact, some online chat rooms encourage you to pick an avatar instead of uploading a personal photo.
Are You Guilty Of It
Is a person really cheating on their spouse if the relationship never gets physical? Is it possible to have an online affair that goes too far?
Benson says it possible to keep a marriage intact following infidelity by one or both parties, but it does take hard work.
"If one, or both, of the partners feel it is a betrayal, then it is. Because it happened in the form of secrecy and outside of the marriage," Benson said.
When it comes to identifying virtual infidelity, Benson says if it's even crossed your mind that you might be cheating, you Nike Shoes Red White And Blue
"I tell couples, 'this is not a prescription for divorce.' It's not. 'It's a symptom that something is wrong. And let fix it, and there's hope.' And even research is showing that marriages can thrive after a betrayal, even emotional infidelity. A marriage can thrive," Benson said.
Marriage and family studies, nationally, have yet to declare firm numbers regarding how much virtual infidelity exists, but clinical therapists say the numbers are continually on the rise.
It's called 'virtual infidelity,' relationships going too far through internet chat rooms or instant messaging. And, it's sending more KELOLAND couples in search of marriage counseling.
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