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Internet Affairs: Partners’ Perceptions and Experiences of Internet Infidelity

Vossler, Andreas and Moller, Naomi P. (2019). Internet Affairs: Partners’ Perceptions and Experiences of Internet Infidelity. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy (Early Access).

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Abstract

This study utilizes an online survey (open and closed questions) to examine how those whose partners’ have engaged in online affairs define and experience online infidelity. As with offline affairs, respondents were most likely to define sexual (vs. emotional) behaviors as infidelity (e.g., cybersex, exchanging sexual self-images, sharing sexual fantasies online). However, thematic analysis of the qualitative data identified how online behaviors and spaces are confusing and that infidelity is defined more broadly and fluidly in the online context. This potentially explains why participants saw the Internet as facilitating affairs. Findings are discussed in relation to existing literature and study limitations.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0092-623X
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 67019
Depositing User: ORO Import
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2019 11:47
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 17:29
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/67019
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