Cyber Sex Affairs Ending More Marriages

The ugly reality for many US marriages was virtually unthinkable just twenty years ago.

Divorces due to online activities of one spouse such as viewing pornography, joining virtual worlds, and having cyber affairs have skyrocketed in the past several years, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, with divorce attorneys often seeing cases featuring electronic or technological evidence left behind, chiefly in the form of emails.

Men are more likely to gravitate towards pornography and women are more likely to engage in chatting and instant messaging.

The academy’s president, James Hennenhoefer, calls the Internet “a giant interference” in many marriages, and points to internet-based sexual compulsions and obsessions as aspects of a majority of the cases his own practice sees.

Often these behaviors have proven to be deciding factor in divorce proceedings. Spouses fear the embarrassment of having their compulsions aired in open court and are more willing to make concessions.

Date: Feb. 26, 2008

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