This is a repost of Ian Kerner's column. Kerner will be back with new posts in January.
From Don Juan to David Letterman, infidelity has been around as long as civilization has existed, and the Internet is still but a tiny blip in the long jaded history of adultery. But the Internet is also arguably the biggest threat to relationships that has come along since the birth of marriage, and it’s here to stay.
New threats demand new rules, and the next time your partner goes online, maybe you should be worrying about if he or she is also out of line.
These days, cheating and engaging in other secretive behaviors that could lead to infidelity have become easier than setting up a Wii.
Technology isn’t just enabling secretive behavior, it’s accelerating it at record pace: Flirtatious friendships, emotional affairs, the return of the ex, sexting, online porn and cyber-sex—with each new advance in technology comes a new way to deceive, and more and more of us are increasingly leading “digital double-lives.”
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