1 in 5 People Cheat; Internet Usually a Factor

According to a recent study, the rate of infidelity within relationships stands at 20%, which hasn’t changed particularly much over the last few decades—however, what we’re seeing now is the prevalence of the Internet and other new technologies (like disposable cell phones) in cheating scenarios. Modern conveniences like these allow people to covertly arrange hook-ups outside the bounds of their committed relationships; and can help in either concealing them or end up in them getting caught that much easier (depending on how good they are with their chat logs, browser histories and cell phone call records).

The Daily Comet reports:

In a recent study, Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, reported that the rate of infidelity has held steady at about 20 percent.

What has changed radically in the past 20 years, however, is technology.

Whether a person is likely to have an affair largely depends on two factors, says marriage counselor and therapist Kim Ploussard: opportunity and convenience.

Thanks to the Internet and the availability of disposable cellphones, people now have the opportunity to meet and connect with many potential partners discreetly and from the comfort of home.

What do you think—how has the Internet changed the modern landscape? Has it helped bring people closer together (as in the case of Internet dating, meet-ups and Facebook connections) or has it ended up shortening people’s relationship attention spans and led them to constantly seek new stimulation elsewhere?

The article relates a few even more stunning figures:

— 20 percent of divorces today involve Facebook.

— The Internet is involved in the initiation of a relationship 70 percent of the time.

— About half the people online lie.

How can we overcome both our new addiction to technology and also the endless jealousy that can result from spying on our partners’ electronic records and public social media accounts to see who they might be talking to?

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One thought on “1 in 5 People Cheat; Internet Usually a Factor

  1. Gina Rose ext.9500Gina Rose ext.9500

    Hi Krishna Bill,

    ” The article relates a few even more stunning figures:

    — 20 percent of divorces today involve Facebook.

    — The Internet is involved in the initiation of a relationship 70 percent of the time.

    — About half the people online lie. ”

    WOW..those are some stats!!!!!!!!!!!……Well, I feel that technology is not to blame, it’s is in the way that it is used.

    Technology is a useful tool when used in a responsible and common sense way……but for those with little or no self control it can be used in a very irresponsible way and hurt many people in the process.
    And I would also include bullying and stalking issues in my above comment as well as the cheating issues mentioned in this article.

    Personally speaking….I manage very well without FaceBook, Twitter, MySpace and whatnot.( I’d rather meet a new dating prospect thru a local charity or non-profit event, or out in public face to face.)

    Blessed Be )O(
    Gina Rose ext.9500

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