Online Sex Can Shatter, Even Doom Relationships, Survey Finds

January 7, 2015 6:23 PM

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In preparation for writing our soon-to-be-released book, Always Turned On: Sex Addiction in the Digital Age, my coauthor Dr. Jennifer Schneider and I, along with our colleague Dr. Charles Samenow, conducted a survey of men and women whose spouses or long-term partners were engaging in digital world sexual activity -- porn use (with or without masturbation), sexual/romantic text or video chat, sexting, hookup apps, virtual world sex games, etc. Probably the most important finding of our study was that when it comes to the negative effects of sexual activity outside of a primary relationship, tech-driven sexuality and in-the-flesh sexuality are no different. The lying, the emotional distancing, and the pain of learning about the betrayal feels exactly the same.

Sexual infidelity is the breaking of trust that occurs when sexual and/or romantic secrets are deliberately kept from one's primary intimate partner.

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