Is Cybersex Cheating?

Cybersex being grounds for cheating is subjective. Personally, I wouldn’t find virtual sexual stimulation cheating; I would consider it an illusion rather than a physical environment. However, I would like to argue cybersex cheating tenents are up for personal interpretation rather than social determination. According to the Huffington Post, “virtual infidelity will become an increasingly important issue in many divorces in the future.” As the wave of Family Court cases establishes a precedent, the law is shaping the perception of this environment. Recent divorce cases have not established virtual infidelity as legal adultery until then it is up for interpretation.

The American Psychological Association wrote, “the growth in steamy chat room conversations and cybersex also has triggered a rethinking of the meaning of infidelity.” Since this is such a common social occurrence, couples should establish their definition of cheating and set specific boundaries. According to the cheating under the law is defined, “a one-time sexual relationship of a man or a woman outside marriage” Since society is changing with technology this notion of cheating might be quaint and need reassociation. Being that “no two people have identical realities,” couples should make a subjective analysis and establish comfort zones based on their cognitions shaping their perception of that particular environment’s reality. Pre-established expectations will avert opposing reality arguments and fostered illusions.