Online Affairs

An online affair can be both emotional and physical due to the advances in technology. Communication via online text, pictures, virtual gifts, and chats can facilitate the development of an emotional affair. Physical affairs can occur with the use of porn, cybersex, and sex toys that are operated via online technology. These affairs can even escalate to offline contact.

Most couples have an understanding of what an offline affair is but are unclear regarding online affairs. This lack of clarity can cause problems in a relationship.

A passive online affair occurs when an accidental exposure to inappropriate activities such as banners, pop ups, or the initial likes or comments from others. If a partner makes the decision to click on inappropriate pop ups or fails to block inappropriate online contact, he or she is moving from a passive to an active affair.

Active online affairs are deliberate acts that are known to be inappropriate, which is more concerning as it demonstrates a lack of regard for a relationship. For more information visit


  • A demand for privacy
  • Evidence of lying or hiding activities
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Becoming withdrawn and cold towards a spouse
  • Household chores left undone
  • Decreased interest in spending quality time or activities that were previously enjoyed by the couple