When people think of infidelity and unfaithfulness, they think of a physical transgression between their partner and a lover. At least that’s what cheating was traditionally regarded as. However, over the last decade or so, digital communications have begun to expand people’s conception of infidelity.
With the rise of social media, smartphones, our and always-connected lifestyles, we’ve seen major changes to the way people interact with one another. Likewise, the way in which couples see cheating or infidelity has changed as well. This post explores the concept of digital infidelity a little more closely, especially since it has proven to be just as toxic to a marriage than any other form of cheating or unfaithfulness.
What Constitutes Digital Infidelity?
Given the wide range of apps and platforms, digital infidelity can be carried out in a variety of ways. The term describes romantic feelings or emotional attachments that a person develops for someone whom they regularly email, text, chat, or engage with in any form of social media. This includes video calls as well, especially since the technology is now accessible to everyone with the simple use of any compatible app.
What’s the Damage?
This can vary significantly from marriage to marriage, but experts agree: emotional affairs are just as unhealthy for a marriage as physical ones. While emotional affairs can occur outside of the internet, the way which social media is structured further raises the likelihood of digital infidelity. It encourages people to reconnect with old friends, unintentionally emphasizes past relationships and shared history, and can heighten a sense of attraction towards another person who exists strictly within the confines of the computer screen. Not only that, but the risk is here to stay, as the continued presence of social media in our daily lives shows no signs of slowing down.
Consult with an Experienced California Divorce Attorney
Digital infidelity is a serious threat to any marriage, but sometimes it’s simply a symptom of a pre-existing issue. At any rate, if you’re dealing with any matters relating to divorce, or want to speak with a qualified legal professional, know that you can count on us at the Law Office of James P. White.
We invite you to call us at your earliest convenience to schedule a free initial consultation.