Is an online affair "cheating"?

United States
October 1, 2009 7:57pm CST
I think that I know the answer to this question - yes - but wnat to hear from others. You are not getting into a physical relationship with someone else, but... your thoughts?
10 responses
@jenlex79 (257)
• United States
2 Oct 09
Yes it is because you are going behind your partners back and being unfaithful. You don't have to have physical contact with someone in order to cheat. Just the act of seeking someone else is a form of cheating, especialy if you are having intimate conversations with the other person.
• United States
2 Oct 09
Always told that you should never share a part of yourself with someone other than your partner that you do not share WITH your partner.
• United States
2 Oct 09
I think that it is. I mean yea your not doing anything physical with the person but your still cheating. It'd be like if your calling someone and talking to them, saying you love them or talking to them in certain ways - Its the same thing. I beleive it is. I hope that answers your question. :-)
• United States
2 Oct 09
In some ways, I think an online affair might actually be worse than one where the people are physically/geographically together. In a physical affair the possibility of it being based on lust and physical attraction whereas in an online affair it probably started out as an online friendship and developed into more so there are higher chances of the affair involving emotions. It sucks to find out that your significant other is sleeping with another person. But to find out they've fallen in love with someone else, I think that would be worse.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
2 Oct 09
Yes its still cheating as far as I'm concerned. You are having feeling of love for someone you haven't met in person and you probably want to meet because of these feeling. You haven't done this because you are afraid of getting caught by your wife or husband. Its totally wrong. I wonder how many relationships have been destroyed by the computer.
@lynnemg (4540)
• United States
2 Oct 09
In my opinion, yes. I think that it is just as bad to have an on-line affair as it is to have an off-line affair. If you would do it on-line, chances are very good it would happen off-line and either way, it is wrong and it is cheating.
@patofgold23 (5075)
• Philippines
2 Oct 09
one word -- YES.
@reco13 (605)
• Philippines
2 Oct 09
Yes it is. Cheating doesn't only require that you are attached to the other person physically. Emotional attachment is a big factor. Having an online affair is cheating in the same way as the other forms of cheating. You still are not dedicated to only your partner. And the sad part is, online affairs usually do not last as the other person may just show a personality he/she is not.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
2 Oct 09
I don't think online affair is cheating. It is just a way to let your emotion out. I always chat with others on line, but always I did not tell the personal things to them, and I will not extend the network emotion to the reality. After all, online is fictitious, I consciously know the person in the end of the wire can not spend with me for the rest of life.
• Indonesia
2 Oct 09
In my opinion that is cheating. That is true we are not physic contact but we have heart contact I know that is cheating, but I do that with my friend in social networking site . That is fantastic love, I don't want to see her real. We only online dating with her with yahoo messenger
• United States
2 Oct 09
I personally believe it is. While it isnt physical as you said, it is still being unloyal. Imagine this, your have a wonderful boyfriend but he has had an online affair for lets say 3-4 months of the 6 months you have been with him. He has sent pictures, received pictures from her and maybe they have shared some webcam action. I doubt you, being the girlfriend cheated on, will disregard the whole matter because it wasnt physical. The intentions are there. He is still aroused and talks dirty and possibly have even shared heartfelt feelings. Overall, it is not faithful and is wrong.