Poll: Do You Think Of Internet Flirting As Infidelity?

Over at TheFrisky, there’s an interesting article relating to the Weinergate scandal. Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the fact that someone named Weiner sends out dick pics. Now let’s move on. Frankly, I can’t see what the big deal is. Seems like a quirky fellow with a perfectly nice penis. Yes, it was bad, and dumb, but really, the fact that he sent some lady a picture of his johnson is best left between him and his wife to decide how to handle . And, while sending out those photos seems like a very stupid thing to do – and a thing that would be obviously hurtful to your partner if they found out – I’m still inclined to believe that there are certain risks that acompany actual infidelity that aren’t in play here. For instance:

- If he didn’t wear a condom, he could bring a disease back to his wife

- The woman he slept with could get pregnant

- The woman he slept with could show up at his house and boil his child’s bunny (I suppose that could happen with someone you were sending internet pictures to as well, but lets assume she doesn’t know his home address in many instances).

Fluid exchange. I guess that’s just a big thing for me. Actual physical contact changes things. But! I could be wrong. As always. What do you think?

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    • Lauren

      My dad cheats on my mom (married almost 40 years), and it always starts as online flirting and then builds. I have major trust issues because of it, so if I was in a committed relationship with someone who started an online flirtation with someone, I would end it immediately.

      I will say though, if this was before we were 100% committed to each other, it wouldn’t be something I would stop dating him over, but I would be careful.

    • Liz

      Cheating doesn’t hurt because of skin contact, it hurts because of the intention, the looking elsewhere for fulfillment, the sneakiness, and the disloyalty.

      Respect and trustworthiness are absent in this kind of scenario, so I couldn’t let it go and just be happy he wasn’t bringing home a disease.

      • Dawn

        perfect answer. :)

      • Lauren

        Agreed, great answer. I feel like I’m on Family Feud – Good Answer, Good Answer!

    • Eileen

      I think it depends on what is going on in the internet relationship as well as the level of commitment in the real-life relationship. Internet “flirting,” which I equate with real-life flirting (chatting someone up at a bar), is not infidelity. Establishing a relationship with someone on the internet is.

    • Carolyn

      I believe anything that you wouldn’t do with a member of the opposite sex in front of your partner or tell your partner about is cheating.

    • bobbie

      ‘Truth Games’ http://is.gd/gAg3ZZ explores issues of infidelity in 1970s London UK, when the freedoms of the swinging 60s began to run into trouble. It’s the two blazing hot summers of 75 and 76, and a group of friends are getting way out of their depth in infidelity. Thought-provoking, amusing and with guaranteed naughty bits.