SEX FO­RUM Cy­ber­sex is tak­ing off – be­cause cheat­ing on­line is so easy

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CY­BER­SEX is on the rise af­ter re­search re­vealed the In­ter­net has made it eas­ier to cheat.

The shock­ing fig­ures showed that ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy have made it sim­ple to do things like send­ing racy naked snaps and X-rated cy­ber­sex ses­sions – which has con­trib­uted to a rise in un­faith­ful part­ners.

The sur­vey was car­ried out by The Open Univer­sity and the ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents agreed that the In­ter­net was to blame for in­fi­delity be­com­ing more com­mon.

The anony­mous on­line sur­vey, among 20 to 73-year-olds, also re­vealed that men and women have dif­fer­ent opin­ions as to what counts as cheat­ing on­line.

Dr Vossler said: “Our re­search re­vealed that men and women do see in­ter­net in­fi­delity dif­fer­ently. But it is not just a gen­der di­vide – what is ex­pe­ri­enced as in­fi­delity on­line can vary from per­son to per­son.

“What might be seen as ca­sual chat­ting by one part­ner is hurt­ful and dis­loyal to the other, for in­stance.

“With the In­ter­net and so­cial me­dia now be­ing part of ev­ery­day life in the Western world, there are grow­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for part­ners to en­gage in on­line be­hav­iours and ac­tiv­i­ties that may be con­sid­ered un­faith­ful – in­clud­ing cy­ber­sex, ex­chang­ing sex­ual self-images, on­line flirt­ing and dat­ing.”

Sport model Carmen Croft ad­mit­ted she didn’t see the harm in flirt­ing or ex­chang­ing mes­sages with some­one else on­line, even if you are in a com­mit­ted re­la­tion­ship.

The 36D stun­ner said she wouldn’t be up­set if her lover had been email­ing an­other woman be­hind her back, but she would draw the line if their mes­sages turned to sex or they swapped nude pics.

The 25-year-old, from Is­ling­ton, said: “I don’t see the big deal with peo­ple chat­ting to each other on­line.

“If I was on a night out and some­one ap­proached me, I wouldn’t do any­thing with them if I was in a re­la­tion­ship but I don’t think it would be wrong for me to talk to them or flirt a lit­tle bit. So why should it be dif­fer­ent on­line?

“I think the re­search is right about it be­ing eas­ier to do things like send naked pic­tures to peo­ple, be­cause you can con­nect with strangers so eas­ily.

“I would never send a sexy photo to some­one I met on­line though.”

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