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Internet chat increases infidelity: Study

Washington: Internet chat rooms are fast emerging as courting grounds for people looking for romantic or sexual thrills.

What boggles the mind is that most of these "chatters" are married, according to a new University of Florida (UF) study.

"Never before has the dating world been so handy for married men and women looking for a fling," said Beatriz Avila Mileham, who conducted the research for her doctoral dissertation in counselor education at UF.

"With cyber sex, there is no longer any need for secret trips to obscure motels. An online liaison may even take place in the same room with one's spouse," she claims.

Counseling organisations report that chat rooms are the fastest rising cause of relationship breakdowns and the problem is likely to get worse as today's population of Internet users, estimated at 649 million worldwide, continues to grow, Mileham said.

"The Internet will soon become the most common form of infidelity, if it isn't already," she said.

Unlike some fatal attractions, a simple click of a mouse button ends contact - should the person want to break it off - without any explanations or apologies, she said.

In 2002, Mileham conducted in-depth online interviews with 76 men and 10 women, ages 25 to 66, who used Yahoo's "Married and Flirting" or Microsoft's "Married But Flirting," Internet chat rooms that are geared specifically for married people.

Eighty-three percent of the study's participants said they did not consider themselves to be cheating. The remaining 17 percent deemed it a "weak" form of infidelity that was easily justifiable, she said.

Other research, however, showed that most spouses feel as betrayed, angry and hurt by online infidelity as they would if skin-to-skin adultery were taking place, she said.

The UF study found that what started out as innocent, friendly exchanges progressed quickly to strong desires for sexual relationships.

Twenty-six of the 86 participants went on to meet the person whom they had been engaged in an online relationship with, and of these, all but two ended up having a real-life affair. One 66-year-old man ended up having 13 affairs this way, she said. ANI

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So true at cussin' matches...You know whats sooo shocking...the girls are even worst :LOL::LOL:

Sometimes, its fun to watch chick fights though :wink: :wink:

I don't really appreciate it when they take it to family :( :cry: , Thats totally called not having common sense.

But, anyways yahoo overcomes your boredom.

How about a Sikhi room :wink: ? ..Sounds nice, but too many blokes to deal with :cry: :cry:

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