Thus, people may agree not to develop a relationship, permitting themselves only virtual one-night stands, or an uncommitted affair, or a promise with a partner to tell each other about each online affair.

As one woman in a committed relationship remarks about her online sexual affairs: "I've had this discussion with my boyfriend and we both agree that as long as it's not with the same person more than twice, it is really masturbation.

Time spent in that world can help them their actual world, while not giving up on having exciting, even emotional experiences.

Living within the two worlds is not easy, however, and may become increasingly risky when people do not realize the limitations of each.

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.

In reality, though, the issue of online cheating is more complex—especially when it concerns sexual activities involving actual interaction with other individuals.

People, consciously or not, consider their online sexual relationships as real—they experience psychological states similar to those typically elicited by offline relationships.

To my surprise, I found out that she likes to take lots of semi-naked shots, and between one of them she took a shot of her Face time wearing her bra and her facial expression was of that of a very aroused person.

My problem with this was that the guy she was face timing it's somebody that lives about 30 minutes away, and they actually met directly before in the past, as she told me. (2) When you wrote this, you were only dating 5 months.

Generally, online affairs are easier to perform and put the agent in a less vulnerable position, as the chances of getting caught or being hurt in other ways are considerably reduced.

They are also perceived to involve a lesser degree of betrayal, as they involve more imaginary elements and the degree of neglecting the partner's interests may be lesser.

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