Accordingly, cybersex is about sex, but a form of sexual encounter involves experiences typical of other encounters, such as sexual arousal, masturbation, orgasm, and satisfaction.

Consider this reaction: Just as casual sex is not necessarily inherently harmful, neither are online affairs.

But they may be so when participants are also involved in another primary offline relationship, because of the harm imposed on those partners.

The private nature of online affairs may make them less painful for the betrayed partner as well.

Moreover, when online affairs are revealed to the significant other, which is done more often than when offline circumstances are involved, it could be considered as something less than cheating.

Other people are willing to concede that cybersex without the knowledge of their partner, ; nevertheless, some still maintain it's a type of "OK" cheating.

In some circumstances, cybersex may in fact help a person through a rough period in an offline, loving relationship.

Whereas people having online affairs tend to understate their problematic nature, their offline partners typically do not see difference between online and offline affairs: A lack of direct physical contact and face-to-face meetings does not diminish the sense of a violation of their vow of exclusivity.

The fact that most of these affairs are concealed from offline spouses is indicative of the possible harm.

It's like reading an erotic story and masturbating to it.