Cyber CheatingCommunicating by text, email, and social media is comfortably becoming the new norm for many people with no desire to actually speak or make face-to-face interaction. Cyber-talking is the new phenomenon in cheating. Like any email, text, or Facebook message it can start out as an innocent hello… until flirting or misinterpreted flirting takes place and feelings start to grow. Back in the day and still used today… the most intimate way to connect with someone was through a hand written “love letter.” In today’s day-and-time the heart can grow just a fond through cyber-texting. Take the real story behind Catfish for example or even better football player Manti Te’o  as proof that it’s very possible to fall for someone you’ve never “spoken” to.

Anyone who’s ever received text messages of sweet nothings can attest to the feelings a sweet text message can bring. “How’s your day going?” “I’m thinking about you” “what do you have on?” “I miss you.” Whether it’s an email, text, or social media message, writing is such an intimate form of communication. In fact people typically write things they wouldn’t normally have the courage to say. Cyber messaging has become a major outlet for people to express their true unfiltered feelings. But what happens when the door of opportunity is open to an ex or a new love interest on Facebook.

Cyber-cheating takes cheating to the next level, leaving the cyber airwaves open for feelings and emotions to grow via text, email, or social media messages. In fact social media cheating is a growing cause in the divorce rate. In 2009, 1-in-5 divorces were blamed on social media cheating, now in 2012 1-in-3 divorces are blamed on social media. With social media easily at everyone’s fingertips, cyber affairs are doomed to happen.

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  • Mademoiselle

    I feel like I missed something. I read the article twice and couldn’t tell what the author’s purpose was for writing this. I did just come from happy hour though, so maybe I should re-read in the morning?

    • I agree. I’m sober and definitely felt like i missed something.

  • Brie

    I think I get the authors point, however, I would like her to explain more on what is considered cyber cheating. Also, with the increase in technology and the emergence of online social networking it brings to light a lot about a persons character. I believe there are certain standards that one should uphold online while in a relationship. It’s all become a blessing and a curse.