We are at a point in our culture that marital isolation is deeply accepted and regarded with importance.
If "he" or "she" is married and wants to interact with someone on Twitter of Facebook, "he" or "she" may be embarrassed or ashamed because they aren't interacting with the only person they are allowed to be interacting: Their spouse.
We turn to our laptops, tablets and cellphones for the kind of attention, stimulation and intimacy we crave. Divorce rates are increasing, infidelity stats are rising and social media is increasingly to blame; Facebook, as an example, is reportedly being cited in over 30% of divorce cases as the cause of the breakup.
More and more men and women are cheating, and much of the cheating starts -- or is being fueled -- online. Sure, it's easy to make excuses and deny what's happening by telling ourselves, How can you be sure that what you're doing is really innocent and harmless, or if you're slipping down the slippery slope toward emotional sex?
In fact, some recent research suggests not only that active Facebook and Twitter users are at heightened risk for relationship conflict because of their social-media use, but that this activity significantly correlates with a heightened risk of infidelity and divorce. But the question might not be as black-or-white as you think.
They offer us the kind of instant gratification and validation that's not always easy to get from our partners.
It's easier than ever to meet others, stay constantly (and secretly) in contact, get intimate and cheat on our partners.
That's why is so much more potent: Instant access to our lover is in our pocket, our purse, or laptop. We can do it while the kids are playing in the backyard or our partner is downstairs watching TV or cooking dinner.
Instead, though, we were sent to the homepage and given the option to watch the Australian version of its “Feel Everything” ad in “Safe for Work,” “Feel Everything” or “Not Safe for Work” modes.
(In case you wondered—because we did—the main difference between “Feel Everything” and “Not Safe for Work” is that the latter has similar quick-shots of passionate lovemaking, except with more ass-grabbing.